The archaeological statues of the most important Italian museum had suffered for a long time for the inattention of the visitors and the curators, but since some years things have changed: restorations had been executed with excellent results and thanks to this volume the statues, the portraits, the reliefs, the sarcophagi and the altars of one of the most prestigious collections of ancient marbles will recover its importance.
The volume, with a presentation by Antonio Paolucci and an introduction by the curator Antonella Romualdi, is divided in two sections. In the first section are collected the essays of the curator and by Maria Aurenhammer, Gabriella Bevilacqua, Camilla Mancini, Pasquino Pallecchi, Hans Taeuber, Gabriella Tonini, dedicated to the Ara di Kleomenes, discovered in 1779 by Pietro Leopoldo of Lorena, and to the Musa di Atticiano by Afrodisia. The second section provides a more complete photographic documentation of eleven ancient marbles restored and on show among portraits, altars, bases of candelabra and the famous Vaso Medici. Each marble is accompanied by a short updated description, which includes the phases of the restoration and a mapping of the reconstructions and integrations. In this section are published the studies of many experts like Raffaella Corsi, Maria Grazia Granino, Gilberto Lazzeri, Maura Masini, Stefano Palumbo, Francesca Piccolino Boniforti, Louis Pierelli, Paola Rosa.