Uffizi show on women’s role in ancient Rome goes online

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(ANSAmed) – FLORENCE, APRIL 12 – An archaeological exhibit
of the Uffizi Gallery on the role of women in ancient Rome is
going digital. The event called ‘Imperatrici, matrone, liberte.
    Volti e segreti delle donne romane’ (Empresses, matrons,
freedwomen. Faces and secrets of ancient Rome), according to a
statement, was inaugurated at the beginning of November and
closed due to Covid restrictions only one day later. The exhibit
was completely digitalized in high definition and, starting on
Monday, it is possible to take a free virtual tour on the
website of the museum, uffizi.it
    It is the first show of the gallery that can be visited
online in this way. It is possible to zoom on details of the
artwork and see the explanations and additional information in
Italian and English.
    Moreover, thanks to a new functionality, it will be possible
to directly connect to the technical sheet of the oeuvre in the
archives of the museum’s website. The statement added that there
are some 30 artworks coming from the rich archaeological
collection of the museum complex: they include the sculptures of
Nero’s mother Agrippina, Domizia Longina, Domiziano’s wife. They
describe the lives of Roman women in the first two centuries of
the Empire, from the start of the I until the second half of the
II century AD, focusing on positive and negative models
represented by empresses and leading women in the imperial house
and highlighting possible public roles for women, with an
insight into the fascinating stories of everyday life of matrons
and freedwomen.
    “The Uffizi Gallery over the last few years has dedicated
great attention on the themes of gender history – commented the
museum’s director Eike Schmidt – changing the traditional and
traditionalist image of women and showing instead their
creative, strong and indomitable side. The show is also a unique
occasion to allow our visitors to admire splendid pieces of our
very important archaeological collection that will surprise our
most careful public”.(ANSAmed).


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