After the ticket and security lines at the Colosseum, a steep set of stairs leads to this exhibit, which is installed in an exterior corridor one level above the ground floor. Its entrance is marked by a bright yellow freestanding panel with a mirrored oval flanked by the words Colosseo. Un'icona. The mirror at first seems a nod to the narcissism of the modern tourist, but is perhaps also a reference to an idea articulated by the fifteenth-century German traveler, Nikolaus Muffel, who said that the Colosseum was “a mirror, in which they saw all the things in the world” (quoted in Enrico Parlato's catalogue essay [168]). The focus of...

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