This building, designed as the “palazzo delle Termi” or palace of the Baths by Costantino Costantini in 1937, became part of the Olympic complex in 1960.
What is going on here? Men climb stairs to fling themselves off a platform, presumably to land in a sweaty pile on the men below. Meanwhile, three muscle men squat, stretch, and flex for our viewing pleasure.
It was almost impossible to get a photo of this wall, for some reason. So this is of mediocre quality, but the mosaics express the sheer physical joy of diving.
Of course, the women are fully clothed and represent goddesses and virtues. They watch in helpless awe as their menfolk disport with each other in various states of manly undress.
One of the most beautiful sections of the mosaic, full of kinetic energy. The repetitious motion of the arms evokes, surely unintentionally, the Nazi swastika.
I think this is the most explicitly erotic of the pool mosaics. Here he waits, naked, confident of his muscular body, as if in a sauna. He doesn’t look too smart, but then intelligence was not a Fascist ideal. The pose evokes the ignudi on Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling.
The swimmer, drying off, shows us he’s not wearing a thong, and seems on the verge of showing us what Fascist youth really worshipped.
There is a world of homoerotic longing in the gaze of the towel-less bather.
Nice Andamento! 😉
Mosaic Art Source mosaic definition:
andamento – movement or flow of tesserae, often accentuated by the interstices.
Who were the Mosaic Artists?
In the first postwar period, 1934-1938, the most interesting mosaic project realised by the Mosaic School of Fruili, was the wall and floor mosaic of 10,000 sqm mosaic at the Foro italico in Rome. It was created on the bozzetti by Giulio Rosso, Angelo Canevari, Achille Capizzano and Gino Severini. The School history from 1922