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A major multimedia exhibition sheds light on the untold history of the Colosseum

Starting from March 8 a major exhibition will tell the history of the most visited monument in the world, a place that has undergone many transformations until getting to be almost a pop icon. Enriched by the unpublished results of recent excavations and restoration works, the”Coliseum. An icon exhibit goes beyond the narrative of the Caesars era to retrace the long life of the site over the centuries, from the little-known trading, residential and religious activities taking place during the Middle Ages to the present day. More than one hundred works will be on display: ancient artifacts, drawings, paintings, scale models, photographs and a rich anthology of films projected on the vaults of the ancient ambulatory.

The six sections are arranged chronologically to reveal the historical and cultural influence of the monument in different fields: from painting to restoration, from architecture to urban planning, from entertainment to literature, sociology and politics. The Colosseum has been the protagonist of many pepla movies and Italian Neorealist films, while the Roman Pop Art elevated it to an iconic role.

Even contemporary art depicts the Flavian Amphitheatre as an emblem of the Eternal City through an endless number of paintings, installations, performances, videos and photographs. The exhibition, promoted by the Special Superintendence for the Colosseum and the central archaeological area of Rome in cooperation with Electa, is an incredible journey to discover the intense life of a monument that has become a symbol of eternity, power, civilization and culture.

Coliseum. An icon on show at the Flavian Amphitheatre – piazza del Colosseo, 1. Tel. 06 39967700  |

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