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Water Court vestibule, exterior
Water Court vestibule, exterior

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Hadrian’s Villa and Its Legacy
The eighteenth century was the golden age of antiquarian and artistic study at the Villa. More systematic excavations were undertaken, with more spectacular results, than at any time since Pirro Ligorio’s explorations in the mid-sixteenth century. Travel between northern Europe and Italy greatly increased following the War of the Spanish Succession in 1714, and the Grand Tour became an important component of a young male aristocrat’s education. Although Paris had outstripped Rome as a center of …