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Bank on it: Milan exhibition explores the long and mutually beneficial history of art and finance

From Michelangelo to Morandi and the Medici to the Rothschilds, a Gallerie d’Italia show looks at the relationship between artists and their patrons

Unpredictable art critic vs hard right minister: Italy’s senior politicians clash over cultural policy

Issues such as free museums and safeguarding heritage are splitting the opinions of two officials in the Brothers of Italy party which swept to power in September

Carracci's lavish frescoes from dismantled Roman chapel are reunited in their home city after 200 years in exile

Exhibition at Palazzo Barberini is the finale of a “momentous” trio of shows bringing the cycle of 16 works back together

Artemisia Gentileschi's nude for Michelangelo's museum was censored—a new restoration project will reveal the original work

"Artemisia UpClose" project at Casa Buonarroti in Florence, Italy, will use state-of-the-art technology to show the original painting

Man arrested after attacking ancient sculptures at Vatican Museums in Italy

The 65-year-old tourist reportedly told museum staff he wanted to see the Pope before throwing the Roman busts to the ground

Why is art at the heart of Italy’s far-right political party?

Plus, Carnegie International, the US's longest-running contemporary art exhibition, and a mystifying egg sculpture

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Italy’s far right weaponises culture in the interests of nationalism

Concern over Brothers of Italy policies ahead of 25 September election

Meet the painters of Pompeii: new exhibition brings fresh insights to the Roman frescoes

Bologna show looks beyond the paintings, preserved by the ash of Mount Vesuvius, to explore Roman society

Confiscated photographs showing preparations for Hitler's 1938 visit to Italy are made public

Pictures capturing Rome and Florence prior to the Nazi leader's arrival were recovered by Italy's art recovery hit squad and are now held in the historic Luce film archive

Uffizi loan of self-portraits to the Bund One Art Museum opens ten-exhibition series in Shanghai

Show of works by 48 artists, from Bernini to Chagall, is first in a five-year programme worth €6m to the Florence museum

Uffizi Gallery announces €50m project to return Boboli Gardens to its former Medici-era glory

Planned for completion in 2030, the revamp will include redeveloping the neoclassical Pagliere building for temporary exhibitions and storage

Ten essential artworks to see in Vatican City

From Michelangelo’s Sistine Ceiling to a whole room dedicated to Henri Matisse, we round up some of the unmissable artistic treasures in the world's smallest state

Italian police stop sale of 'exceptional' Artemisia Gentileschi painting that may have been illegally shipped to Vienna

If judges rule that the owners of the work broke the law, the painting will be definitively confiscated by the state and could be donated to a museum

Ten essential artworks to see in Florence

From Michelangelo's David to Botticelli's Birth of Venus, our guide tells you what to see and where to see it

Venice museums send supplies to help save Ukraine’s art

As part of the Save Ukraine Art network, essential materials to protect works from bombs, fire and damp are heading to Lviv National Art Gallery

Italy’s 'monuments men' sign deal with Unesco to help protect world's heritage

World-leading heritage protection taskforce known as the 'Blue Helmets' will have close ties with UN agency to operate abroad

Italian culture sector divided on whether museums should impose tougher sanctions on Russia or continue dialogue

Former Uffizi gallery director calls for cultural sanctions against Russia saying it "would be a huge slap in the face [for] the regime"

Ten essential artworks to see in Rome

From Michelangelo's horned Moses to Mussolini's cancelled Universal Exposition, we round up some of the Italian capital's unmissable artistic treasures

Venice feature

Ten essential artworks to see in Venice

From the greatest stars of the Venetian School to the most mysterious painting in the city, here is our selection of unmissable masterpieces in La Serenissima

Italian pavilion: ‘What is the future for humans?’ asks artist Gian Maria Tosatti

For the first time at the Venice Biennale, a single artist has been given the entire Italian pavilion to fill. Tosatti’s sprawling post-industrial installation asks the big questions

Despite €94m discount, Rome villa with Caravaggio's only ceiling painting fails to sell at auction—again

Slashing Ludovisi Casino's asking price by 20% did nothing to entice would-be buyers; the Italian state is being pressured to purchase the property before it is offered a third time

‘Putin’s Palace’ architect investigated over alleged €50m tax bill

Italian authorities seize valuable paintings in Lanfranco Cirillo's collection, including works by Picasso, Cézanne and Kandinsky

Maurizio Cattelan takes on death in Milan: artist hangs his own effigy in new show and donates Mafia attack work to the city

As Milano Art Week begins, Massimo de Carlo gallery is exhibiting the artist's one-work project while the crematorium is hosting one of his important early works

Italynews

After years of emergencies, Italy launches 'unprecedented' plan to protect churches against earthquake damage

Culture ministry earmarks EU pandemic recovery funds to mitigate the impact of future disasters on religious buildings around the country

Milan’s Museo del Novecento could lose 600 works in legal battle with heir

Mario Bertolini’s vast collection of Modern art, amassed over his lifetime and donated to the museum in 2014, is at the centre of a claim seeking to invalidate the acquisition

Jeff Koons loses court case against Italian collector over 'fake' work

The American artist claimed the sculpture of two snakes was a fake—now a court in Italy has overruled him and said the collector can seek compensation

Milan’s ancient amphitheatre turns over a new leaf with a €1.5m garden-inspired restoration project

Novel project will replace lost parts of the structure with hedges of boxwood, myrtle and privet

Libyanews

Major exhibition in Libya aims to prepare for a surge of archaeological activity once political stability returns

As the two countries look to rekindle historical bonds, a new show shines a light on an archaeological partnership spanning more than a century