76 Route 10. TURIN. Museum of Antiquities.
collections are accessible Sund, Tuesd., and Thursday 1—3. Access
to all may be obtained daily, 10—4 o'clock, by payment of a fee.
The Natural History Museum contains fossil impressions of fish; a ca¬
binet with fossil teeth and bones of an antediluvian i2'etralophodon Arver-
nensis', found during the construction of the railway ; opposite to it a gi¬
gantic lGlyptodon clavipes' from the La Plata district; beetles, butterflies,
bats, etc. — The Mineralogical Collection is considered very valuable.
The "Museum of Antiquities (museo di antichitd ed egizio) consists of
two sections.' A vaulted hall to the r. on the ground-floor contains the large
Egyptian sphynxes , idols , monuments , sarcophagi, mosaic pavements and
reliefs; over the sitting figure of Sesostris is an inscription in honour of the
celebrated Parisian antiquarian Cbampollion. None of the ancient statues
are of very great value. Then a collection of statuettes, reliefs, bronzes, va¬
ses, and mediaeval curiosities; a "statuette of Minerva in bronze, found-in
the Versa, should be carefully inspected. The other section of the museum
is on the 2nd floor (visitors ring u bell on the r.), comprising the smaller
antiquities: mummies, papyrus writings,.scarabees,. statuettes, trinkets, va¬
ses, etc. In the centre of the second room is the formerly celebrated Tabula
Isiaca, found under Pope Paul 111. (d. 1549) in the Villa Caffarelli at Rome,
a tablet of black porphyry with hieroglyphics and figures partially inlaid
with silver. Attempts to decipher the characters have elicited the most pro¬
found and erudite explanations and conjectures from savants during nearly
three centuries., but it has been recently proved that the tablet was manu¬
factured at Rome under Hadrian. It is therefore nothing more than a com¬
paratively modern and-worthless imitation.of Egyptian workmanship. The
celebrated papyrus with the annals of Manetho, discovered by Champollion,
is also preserved here. A number of Roman and mediseval antiquities here
are at present in disorder.
The Picture Gallery, or Pinacoieca, consists of 15 rooms containing
506 paintings, many of them very valuable (catalogue 1 fr.). 1st Room:
Princes of the House of Savoy and battle-pieces. Beginning on the r... 4.
Van Schuppen, Prince Eugene on horseback; 17. Hugtenburg, Battle of Turin
(1706); 18. Battle of Oudenarde (1708), by the same; 28. Horace Vernet,
Charles Albert at a review; 80. Van Dyck, Prince Giacinto. — The 2nd,
3rd and 4th Rooms contain works of the school of Vercelli and Monfer-
rato, of no great value. In the 2nd R.: 50. Sodoma (Giov. Ant. Bazzi,-iKTi
—1549), Holy Family; 54. Gaudenzio Ferrari, Descent from the Cross;'55.
Sodoma, Madonna and saints. — 5th Room: 93. Fra Angelica, Madonna;
98. Botticelli, Tobias led by angels; 101. Fr. Francia, Entombment; 112.
Beccafumi, Holy Family; 127, 128. Bronzino, Portraits of Cosmo I. and his
consort Eleonora; 129. Pope Paul III., an old copy from Titian. — 6th
Room: "157. Paolo Veronese, The Queen of Sheba before Solomon; 161.
Caravaggio, Musician. — 7th Room: 166. Badalocchio, St. Jerome
with the skull; 167. Bassano, Smithy; 174. Ribera, St. Jerome; 182. Find¬
ing of Moses, a copy from P. Veronese. — 8th Room: porcelain-paintings
by Constantin of Geneva, copied from celebrated originals. — 9th Room: -
fruit and flower-pieces. Then a corridor with copies. — 10th Room: "234.
Paolo Veronese, Mary Magdalene washing the Saviour's feet; 236. Guido
Reni, Group of Cupids; 237, 238. Poussin, Waterfall, Cascades of Tivoli;
239. Guercino, S. Francesca; 242. Ecce Homo, by the same; 251. Strozzi,
Homer. — 11th Room: 257. Sassoferrato, Madonna della rosa; 258. Ma¬
donna, by the same; 260, 264, 271, 274. Albani, The four Elements; 276.
Carlo Dolci, Madonna; 295. Maratta, Madonna; 299, 300. Angelica Kauf-
mann, Sibyls; 303. Nogart, Smokers. — 12th Room: Netherlands and
German school; "338. Van Dyck, Children of Charles I. of England; 351.
Princess Isabella of Spain, by the same. — 13th Room, comprising the
greatest treasures of the collection : 3o5..Mantegna, Madonna and saints; "358.
Hans Memling, History of the Passion; "363. Van Dyck, Prince Thomas ot
Savoy; 366. Wouverman, Cavalry attacking a bridge; "373. Raphael, Madonna
della Tenda (a very fine picture, although its genuineness has been ques¬
tioned) ; 376. Sodoma, Lucretia killing herself; 384. Van Dyck, Holy Family;
38b. Honthorst (Gherardo delle Notti), Samson overcome by the Philistines;