Foto: Right / Il Messaggero (21/07/2021) & Left / CLAUDIA MOATTI (1993).

ROMA ARCHEOLOGICA & RESTAURO ARCHITETTURA 2021. News from Rome – the Restoration of the Arch of Septimius Severus in the Roman Forum. New photographs shows a drawing graffiti of a horse, donkey or lion from the Medieval thru Renaissance era? IL MESSAGGERO (17/07/2021) & TG1 / ParCo / You-Tube (18/05/2021) & THE FORGOTTEN SYMBOL OF MUNICIPAL ROME / ART FOCUS / MILESTONE ROME (26 APRIL 2015).

1). RARA 2021 – News from Rome – the Restoration of the Arch of Septimius Severus in the Roman Forum. New photographs shows a drawing / graffiti of a horse, donkey or lion from the Medieval thru Renaissance era? IL MESSAGGERO (21/07/2021) & TG1 / ParCo / You-Tube (18/05/2021).

ROME – Il Messaggero (21/07/2021) published the following article and video on the ongoing restoration of the Arch of Septimius Severus in the Roman Forum (January thru July 2021) =

— ROMA – I batteri salvano l’Arco di Settimio Severo con un restauro «bio»: scoperta una porta segreta. IL MESSAGGERO (21/07/2021) [see link below].

One of the more interesting aspects of the video, it shows what maybe either a horse, donkey or lion (?) graffiti etched in the upper levels of the Arch, as shown in the following photograph / screenshot here:

RARA 2021: Roma, i batteri salvano l'Arco di Settimio Severo con un restauro «bio»: scoperta una porta segreta. IL MESS.  (17/07/2021). Foto: Faber Courtial GBR [05/2017 & 06/2021]). S.v., Arch. Cristina Collettini (18/05/2021) et al.
Foto: Il Messaggero (21/07/2021)

While the Il Messaggero article does not state whether the graffiti etched on the Arch is horse, donkey or lion?

It is interesting to note that the Lion has been the earlier Medieval thru Renaissance era symbol of Rome, as shown on the following illustration (right / side) =

RARA 2021. Rome - the Restoration of the Arch of Septimius Severus in the Roman Forum. New photographs shows a drawing of a horse, donkey or lion, Medieval thru Renaissance era? IL MESS. (17/07/2021) & ART FOCUS / MILESTONE ROME (26 APRIL 2015).
Foto: “Map of Rome in the form of a lion.” Manuscript, late 13th century. MS 151,
Staats – und Universitats Bibliothek, Hamburg; in: CLAUDIA MOATTI (1993): 27.

Likewise, in the following article in: “THE FORGOTTEN SYMBOL OF MUNICIPAL ROME” / ART FOCUS / MILESTONE ROME (26 APRIL 2015) (07/2021).

It mentions the following relating to the Lion as the symbol of Rome:

“…In the History of the Capitoline collection of antiquities up to the inauguration of the museum, Michaelis intended to retrace the story of this group sculpture, starting from the study of some sketches by Maerten van Heemskerck.

RARA 2021. Rome - the Restoration of the Arch of Septimius Severus in the Roman Forum. New photographs shows a drawing of a horse, donkey or lion, Medieval thru Renaissance era? IL MESS. (17/07/2021) & ART FOCUS / MILESTONE ROME (26 APRIL 2015).
Foto: Maerten van Heemskerck ( 1533-1535); in: ART FOCUS / MILESTONE ROME (26 APRIL 2015) (07/2021).

One of these, the folio 61, depicts an interesting view of the Campidoglio from the inferior loggia of the Palazzo dei Conservatori and it can be connected to the Roman stay of the Dutch artist, dating within the 1530s, before the piazza would have been involved by Michelangelo’s interventions [Note: the Lion sculpture at the top of the stairs in the center of the drawing]. This sketch already shows the well recognizable fragmentary group accommodated on the staircase of the Palazzo Senatorio, on the side of its balustrade oriented towards the Aracoeli. [6]

RARA 2021. Rome - the Restoration of the Arch of Septimius Severus in the Roman Forum. New photographs shows a drawing of a horse, donkey or lion, Medieval thru Renaissance era? IL MESS. (17/07/2021) & ART FOCUS / MILESTONE ROME (26 APRIL 2015).
Foto: Denarius, AR Grosso (3.31 g). Second emission, circa 1251-1265; in: ART FOCUS / MILESTONE ROME (26 APRIL 2015) (07/2021).

The symbol of municipal Rome – The choice of an Ancient artwork in such civic symbolization is very meaningful. In the heart of Rome’s municipality, the sculpture was the tangible witness of the Roman illustrious past and the strength of the allegory of the civic “good government” (Buongoverno) as well as the probable allusion to the justice enforcement lied in the feline figure dominating the noble equine. The lion was used, in fact, to symbolize the “majesty of the Roman People” [12], also in the numismatic production, as depicted on a 13th century denarius.

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While it is to early to tell what the graffiti etched on the Arch is? A horse, donkey or lion?

Let hope in the future the Italian restoration specialists, the restoration architects and the restoration architects affiliated with the Parco archeologico del Colosseo publishs either more information online or in a detailed volume on the ongoing restoration of the Arch of Septimius Severus in the Roman Forum.

Fonte / source, foto:

RARA 2021: Roma, i batteri salvano l'Arco di Settimio Severo con un restauro «bio»: scoperta una porta segreta. IL MESS.  (17/07/2021). Foto: Faber Courtial GBR [05/2017 & 06/2021]). S.v., Arch. Cristina Collettini (18/05/2021) et al.
Foto: “Il Foro Romano in 1510 d.C.” (di Faber Courtial GBR [05/2017 & 06/2021]).

2). ROMA ARCHEOLOGICA & RESTAURO ARCHITETTURA 2021. Roma, i batteri salvano l’Arco di Settimio Severo con un restauro «bio»: scoperta una porta segreta. Video / Foto; in: IL MESSAGGERO (21/07/2021). Foto: “Il Foro Romano in 1510 d.C.” (di Faber Courtial GBR [05/2017 & 06/2021]). S.v., Architetto Cristina Collettini; TG1 / ParCo / You-Tube (18/05/2021); Gilbert J. Gorski & James E. Packer, “7 – The Arch of Septimius Severus”; in: The Roman Forum (2015) & Ángel Ventura,”L’ARCO DI TRIONFO DI SETTIMIO SEVERO A ROMA…”; in: RM 120 (2014): 267-312 [in PDF]. https://wp.me/pbMWvy-1JZ

— CLAUDIA MOATTI (Trans: Anthony Zielonka), The Search for Ancient Rome, “Abrams Discoveries” series. Harry N. Abrams (1993): 27 / lower figure = “Map of Rome in the form of a lion.” Manuscript, late 13th century. MS 151, Staats – und Universitats Bibliothek, Hamburg.

— Facsimile of Maerten van Heemskerck, View of the Campidoglio from the inferior loggia of the Palazzo dei Conservatori, 1533-1535, folio 61. [6]; in: THE FORGOTTEN SYMBOL OF MUNICIPAL ROME / ART FOCUS / MILESTONE ROME (26 APRIL 2015).
https://www.milestonerome.com/2015/04/the-forgotten-symbol-of-municipal-rome/

— Denarius, AR Grosso (3.31 g). Second emission, circa 1251-1265, Italy, Papal States, Roman Senate. Inscriptions: + SENATVS • P • Q • R •, lion passant left; + ROMA CAP’. MUNDI, Roma enthroned facing, holding globe and palm. Classical Numismatic Group, Inc., via Wikimedia Commons; in: THE FORGOTTEN SYMBOL OF MUNICIPAL ROME / ART FOCUS / MILESTONE ROME (26 APRIL 2015).
https://www.milestonerome.com/2015/04/the-forgotten-symbol-of-municipal-rome/