Roman art, Fragments of burial art

Ancient roman sculptor
5th BC-3rd AD
Sala del Paradiso
Original location
Ancient cemetery area of Piazza del Duomo and Piazza San Giovanni

Fragments of Roman burial art dating back to the 2nd and 3rd century AD decorated with figures of Eros, husbands and wives and narrative scenes. The close cultural links between the Florentia of the classical age and Rome are evident from the presence in the city of numerous examples of Roman funeral art. By medieval times many of these were being recycled, as in the case of these two nuptial sarcophagi, and used in tombs for the nobility in the cemetery that stood between the Baptistery and the church of Saint Reparata. The smaller exhibits on display here, such as the fragments from various sarcophagi and the funeral urns, were also often recycled as decorative elements in medieval buildings. However the Etruscan funeral monument with its dancers and musicians is more likely to have been brought to Florence by an erudite collector. 

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