Doves
Roman copy of the Hadrianic age after a work by Pergamum artist Sosos of the 2nd century BCE. Inv. No. MC 402.Rome, Capitoline Museums, Palazzo Nuovo, Hall of the Doves

Doves.

Roman copy of the Hadrianic age after a work by Pergamum artist Sosos of the 2nd century BCE.
Inv. No. MC 402.

Rome, Capitoline Museums, Palazzo Nuovo, Hall of the Doves
(Roma, Musei capitolini, Palazzo Nuovo, Sala delle colombe).

Tivoli, Villa of Hadrian.
Origin:
Tivoli, the Hadrian’s villa.
Donated by pope Clement XIII, 1765.
Description:
The Mosaic of the Doves was a figurative panel (emblema) located at the center of a mosaic floor depicted with simplified motifs. An astragal decoration frames the panel representing on the edge of a bronze vase. One of the doves is drinking from the vase. Under the handle, a figure in relief seems to sustain the dove. It is a Hadrianic copy of an original created by Sosos, an artist who worked in Pergamon in the 2nd century B.C. Paleochristian art transformed the dove into a symbol of the soul that draws from the fountain of salvation. The skillfully composed minute polychromatic tesserae (of marble and glass) create an astonishing pictorial effect.
Credits:
© 2000. Photo: Musei Capitolini. Comune di Roma. Electa, 2000, p. 56.
© 2001. Text: The Capitoline Museums. Short guide. Comune di Roma. Electa, 2004, p. 46—47.
Text (add.): inscription to mosaic.
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