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Page revised in August 2010.
Disegno dell’Anticaglia nel Giardino Colonnese (Book 10)
The Plate (No. 193 - ii)
In this additional etching to the view of Giardino Colonnese, Giuseppe Vasi showed the ruins of the Temple to Serapis,
built by Emperor Caracalla, as they appeared in a 1565 book by Bernardo Gamucci; the old drawing shows also Torre Mesa, a tall and lean tower which was part of the Colonna medieval fortifications; on the left part of the etching Vasi showed another view of the ruins based on a different drawing; the ruins and Torre Mesa were pulled down by the Colonna in the XVIIth century; decorative elements were used to embellish the gardens.
When in 1927 the casino built by the Colonna was pulled down some ancient walls were unearthed and restored; they can be seen from the terrace of a modern building and from Scuderie del Quirinale; the terrace enjoys a fine view over the domes of Rome.
The image used as background for this page shows the heraldic symbol of the Colonna family.
Next plate in Book 10: Casino della Villa Peretti