The Two Empires. The Eagle and the Dragon

Statue representing a high-ranking official - Terracotta, h. 196 cm
08/10/2010 - 06/02/2011

Result of the long-term cooperation between the Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities and the State Administration for Cultural Heritage of the People's Republic of China, the exhibition I Due Imperi. L'Aquila e il Dragone (The Two Empires. The Eagle and the Dragon) arrives in Rome and opens the Year of China in Italy.

The Special Superintendency for the Archaeological Heritage of Rome accomodates a preview of the exhibition at the Curia Julia, situated in the heart of the political, commercial and social life of the Empire: the Roman Forum. 

The Superintendency for the Historical, Artistic and Ethno-Anthropological Heritage and for the Museum System of Rome in November inaugurated in Palazzo Venezia a larger section of the exhibition. 

More than 450 Italian and Chinese masterpieces reconstruct the stages and the salient moments of the rise and development of the two Empires, highlighting aspects of everyday life, society, religion and economy.

From 8 October 2010 to 6 February 2011, the imposing seat of the Ancient Roman Senate, which still retains a precious coloured marble flooring as well as the antique yellow and pavonazzetto marble steps on which the seats of the Senators stood, accomodates a series of works focusing on the concept of Empire in both the civilizations.

Opening times: 

From 8.30 to 16.30.Last admission one hour before closing time.


Full price: € 12,00 - Reduced: € 7,50.  The ticket allows entrance to the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill.


Pierreci/Codess - tel. (+39) 0639977700

Curated By: 
Stefano De Caro, Xu Pingfang, Maurizio Scarpari.
Promoted By: 
Special Superintendency for the Archaeological Heritage of Rome in collaboration with Electa.
Electa Press Office at the Superintendency: Gabriella Gatto - tel. (+39)0647497462 -; Electa: Enrica Steffenini - tel. (+39)0221563433