Part of the Civic Museum City of Cave and included in the territorial museum system of the Monti Prenestini and Valle del Giovenzano (Pre.Gio), is dedicated to the sculptor, restorer and syndicologist Lorenzo Ferri (1902-1975). Center of production and cultural promotion of the City of Cave and its territory a few kilometers from Rome, the Lorenzo Ferri Museum consists of two sections: the main section that contains a collection of works by the artist and the detached section dedicated to the Monumental Nativity .
The museum section, inaugurated in December 2013 at via Cavour 23, is housed inside the historic building where the former Mattei Hospital is located and keeps the sketches of the artist donated to the City of Cave by the heirs in the eighties. The museum is spread over three floors, each of which is dedicated to a career phase in which the artist experimented with different techniques and themes in the face of numerous Italian and foreign clients, both public and private. The activity of Lorenzo Ferri unfolded starting from the 1920s, with works such as Angelina (1921), until the year of his death, 1975, just preceded by the realization of the Christ Redeemer work for the cemetery of Prima Porta. Among the most significant works we also mention the Trilussa (1954), the Attesa (1956-1964), the sculptural group dedicated to the Knock sanctuary in Ireland (1960-1963).
The section of the Monumental Nativity, inaugurated in December 2012, in the underground rooms of the municipal building housing the former convent of the Augustinians, houses the chalk drafts made by Ferri for the competition organized by the Pallottine Fathers of Sant'Andrea della Valle. The nine statues, about 4 m high, make up the scene of the Epiphany: the Nativity group, formed by the Virgin and the benedicant Baby Jesus, the Saint Joseph and the three Magi accompanied by their respective pages. Particularly in the sculpture of the Indian king, inspired by Michelangelo's Moses, the artist proposes his own self-portrait.
Since 1929 the artist has inaugurated a season of scientific artistic studies related to the Sindo Cloth, setting himself the goal of reconstructing the anatomical features of the so-called Shroud Man. The section preserves a pictorial reproduction of the Shroud, a series of cadaveric masks through which it deepened the three-dimensional value of the Shroud, reaching the complete reconstruction of the body. A characteristic aspect of his study is the recourse to the positive impression of the Shroud and the interpretation of the moment of flagellation through the suggestions of Maria Valtorta.
The Lorenzo Ferri Museum in the main section is accessible to people with motor disabilities. Inside both sections there is a tactile path that allows the use of the spaces and the knowledge of the works also to subjects with visual disabilities through information panels and scale reproductions of the exhibited works.
Educational services The Lorenzo Ferri Museum offers guided tours, educational workshops and excursions for school students of all levels with different activities carried out according to specific needs and objectives.