September 2001: the 75th anniversary of the Swedish Institute for Classical
Studies in Rome
New exhibition of finds in San
Lorenzo in Lucina
A new exhibition of finds from the
second to the fourth century AD was inaugurated September 13th by a visit
of the board of the institute and professors of classical archaeology from
Swedish universities. The exhibition shows pottery, fragments of wall paintings,
coins and other metal finds which give an idea of the life of this quarter
in Roman times and of the date of the various periods of the site.
General view of the exhibition.
Fragments of Roman wall paintings,
second and third centuries AD, studied by Agneta Freccero.
Coins and pottery which date the
most important periods found in the excavation in the baptistery: two levels
of a courtyard of the late second and mid fourth centuries AD. Bronze objects
and iron nails. Remains of the 12th century cosmatesque floor. 17th century
pottery suggests the continuing life and history of the site.
Fragments of a second century wall
painting, studied my Stephan Mols in a reconstruction by Alessandro Danesi
and Silvia Gambardella.
Second to fourth century pottery,
studied by Leif Erik Vaag, Christina Helander, Masa Dizdar and Kristian
Göransson, beneath a model of the church which symbolically shows
how the past in Rome is buried beneath the living city.
Panels with plans and other information
in the crypt of the baptistery, designed by Olof Brandt and painted by
Giulia Zanini (to the left).
The board of the Institute is greeted
by its Director Anne Marie Leander Touati before the visit to San Lorenzo
in Lucina September 13th, 2001.
Barbro Santillo Frizell, new Director
of the Swedish Institute from October 1st, 2001, is interviewed by Swedish
Radio in front of San Lorenzo in Lucina.
Visit to San Lorenzo in Lucina with
Börje Magnusson, Olof Brandt and Swedish visitors, September 14th,