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Domus Aurea - Nero's Golden House

Currently closed!

Slides taken in February 2000, during a short window of time when one could visit the fragile remains of this huge palace
built by the Emperor Nero (near where the Colosseum would eventually stand) after a huge part of Rome was devastated by fire.

Rediscovered accidentally in the late C15th, some 250 years before the ruins of Herculaneum and Pompeii would see daylight,
the artworks that remained caused an artistic sensation - attracting visits from the likes of Michelangelo, Pinturicchio and Raphael.

Their influence can be seen in decorations at the Vatican and Castel Sant'Angelo - and in a host of other places where the
style known as "grottesche" (or grotesque, from the Italian word 'grotto' - cave) would flourish during the early Renaissance.

The final photos show a few of those!


Since our visit the site has been closed to the public and reopened again several times - but, after the collapse of a section
of the roof in March 2010, it now seems likely to remain shut "sine die" - as they say!


During those early excavations of the Golden House, pieces of a statuary group known as the "Laocoön"
were discovered - see: __
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The octagonal dining hall
The octagonal dining hall
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'Grotesque' in the Boboli gardens
Castel Sant'Angelo
Castel Sant'Angelo