Leonardo e i suoi libri. La biblioteca del Genio Universale

Trajan’s Column was inaugurated in 113 AD. It is an engineering feat of incredible complexity which bears witness to the heights attained by Roman civilization in the art of building. While its decorative repertory has been studied in-depth, the process of making it has not received the necessary attention. The exhibition will describe Trajan’s Column from this point of view, illustrating the techniques employed to extract the twenty-nine gigantic blocks of marble from the quarries in the Apuan Alps, the solutions devised to bring them to the port of Luni, embark them on cargo ships and unload them at the fluvial port on the Tiber, and the method adopted to drag them as far as the Forum in Rome, where the construction site had been set up.

Exhibition Dates

21.06.2019 – 06.10.2019 Florence, Boboli Gardens, Limonaia Grande


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