Emperor Constantine got his finger back

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Emperor Constantine got his finger back

Hall of the Capitoline Museums in Rome

Five and a half centuries later, the finger from the hand of the giant statue of the Roman emperor Constantine returned to its place. The Louvre in Paris handed it over to the Capitoline Museums of Rome for a period of five years with a possible subsequent extension.

A gilded bronze exhibit 38 cm long was kept in the collection of the Marquis Giampietro Campana, most of which was acquired by Napoleon III in 1861 and taken to France. And the fragments of the 12-meter colossus remained in the I waist. The fact that the surviving two phalanges of the index finger belong to this particular statue was determined by French restorers in 2018.

“We carefully examined all the details, checked everything and stated that the transportation went very well, ” says Françoise Gaultier, director of the Louvre's Greek, Roman and Etruscan Antiquity Department, who accompanied the exhibit.

Before being attached to the original, the finger was tried on in Paris on a three-dimensional copy sent from Rome. Everything coincided with precision. From the bronze colossus of Constantine, the head and the sphere were also preserved, which the statue held in the palm of the hand. Both fragments are now part of the exhibition, which includes the famous antique bronzes donated to the people of Rome by Pope Sixtus IV in 1471. The Capitoline Museums founded by him in this way celebrate their 550th anniversary this year.

Emperor Constantine got his finger back

Emperor Constantine got his finger back

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