Evan Gorga: The Collector

Evan Gorga (1865-1957) was a talented tenor and eccentric collector who lived in Rome at the turn of the 20th century. Gorga's passion for collecting verged on the fanatical, and such was the scale of his collection that he required ten apartments just to store it. His wealth of antiquities and unusual treasures was bought by the state in 1950. It includes glass objects that illustrate the entire history of glass production in Rome, from the imperial age to the end of the 19th century; and a substantial collection of bronzes, pottery, weapons, terracotta, painted plaster and stucco. The selection from the vast Gorga collection inaugurates the new wing of the Palazzo Altemps museum, bought in 2008. Museo Nazionale Romano di Palazzo Altemps, Piazza di S. Apollinare 46, tel. 0639967700, www.archeoroma.beniculturali.it.