Marvels

Large wings in white Greek marble

The Palatine Museum

Three examples of these large wings, carved in white Greek marble, were found in 2008, in a pit filled with Renaissance plunder from the central cryptoporticus of the Domus Tiberiana. They probably belonged to a pair of winged Victories, about two metres high. The sculptural rendering of the plumage is remarkable, with the pinions unfolded like a fan, represented with vivid realism in their different measurements and positions. A quality so far without comparison in the repertoire of Roman art, which appears to date them to the Augustan age. Exhibited in the Palatine Museum.

 

Admission with Roman Forum-Palatine S.U.P.E.R. ticket