The Easel

2nd July 2024

Masterpieces from the Torlonia Collection

The Torlonia collection, formed over centuries, is Rome’s “last princely collection”. Locked away for decades, it is the world’s most significant private collection of ancient Greek and Roman sculpture. About 90 works recently shown in Rome are now at the Louvre for a first-ever show outside Italy. The linked piece tells the Louvre story but by far the best review of the collection is here. It gushes that “the sculptures [are] of such high aesthetic quality that the visual impression is almost overwhelming.”