GALLERIA NAZIONALE D'ARTE MODERNA:
Since 1880 Guido Bacceli fulfilled more than once the charge of Public Education minister. He was hardly committed in reformation and promotion of the national artistic patrimony with many decrees. With this role he established, with an administrative order on the 12th of may 1881, the National Gallery of Modern Art, that found a temporary location in Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Via Nazionale (Rome) and that in 1915 was moved to where it is nowadays possible to visit in Valle Giulia, Rome. This bust was donated by Baccelli to honour this event.
THE BRONZE BUST:
Giulio Tadolini (1849-1918), Busto di Guido Baccelli, 1895, bronze, gift of Guido Baccelli
We can find on both sides of the bust a mix of elements that link the importance between the medical field of the roman physician, with the representation of the snake and the lasted basement of the Asclepius Temple in Isola Tiberina, and the laurel oak on the bust that symbolized the political field.
The italian inscription on the left of the bust reads as follows: "LICENZE A GARE D'ONORE / SCUOLA POPOLARE / E AUTONOMIA UNIVERSITARIA / SCOPRIMENTO DELL'EFEBEO / D'AGRIPPA - RIPRISTINAMENTO DEL / PANTHEON / SCAVI DEL FORO / SCOPRIMENTO DELL'ATRIO DI VESTA / PASSEGGIATA ARCHEOLOGICA E DEL- / L'ARCO FABIANO – POLICLINICO - / GALLERIA ARTE MODERNA / ISTITUTO DI STORIA PATRIA / GALLERIA CORSINI / BONIFICAMENTO DELL'AGRO ROMANO / CONGRESSO MEDICO INTERNAZIONALE / ISOLAMENTO DEL COLOSSEO".
The italian inscription on the tablet on the right of the bust reads as follows: "PATOLOGIA DEL CUORE / E DELL'AORTA - EMPIEMA / DA PLEURITE GENUINA / FEBBRI SUBCONTINUE / MALARIA PERNICIOSITÀ / SUBCONTINUA TIFOIDE / DE PRIMITIVO SPLENIS / CARCINOMATE / NUOVA CURA PER TALU- / NI ANEURISMI DEL- / L'AORTA – INIEZIONE / INTROVENOSE - / TRASMISSIONE DELLE / VIBRAZIONI SONORE / ATTRAVERSO I LIQUI- / DI ENDOPLEURICI DI DIFFERENTE NA- / TURA – COMPENSO / PARADOSSO DI | VIZI DI CANA- / LIZZAZIONE / CARDIACA".
Guido Baccelli's bronze bust, tablet detail.
- Photos by Edoardo Menna ti.supmacla|annem.odraode#| and Lorenzo Albore ti.supmacla|erobla.oznerol#| (January 2016)
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