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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

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

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The American Academy in Rome picks new director, the first woman of colour to lead the institution in its 128-year history

Aliza Wong, a professor and scholar who has written extensively about modern Italian history and culture, will take the reins in July

'Laboratory of the future': Rome's Maxxi museum unveils plans for new R&D centre, green spaces and solar energy

Sustainable masterplan will cover Zaha Hadid building in solar panels to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Cao Fei explores past, present and future at Rome’s Maxxi museum

Acclaimed Chinese artist’s video and installation pieces come to Italy for the first time

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Remembering Desideria Pasolini Dall'Onda, who battled to protect Italy's ecology and cultural heritage

Writer, translator of Virginia Woolf, and historian of gardening and farming she became a champion of conservation by co-founding Italia Nostra

Rome villa with Caravaggio's only ceiling painting announced for auction with a €471m price tag

The Casino di Villa Boncompagni Ludovisi, also known as Villa Aurora, was decorated by Caravaggio in around 1597

Hell is here and now, says curator of show inspired by Dante's Inferno

Exhibition at Rome's Scuderie del Quirinale looks at Hell in art throughout the ages, from medieval torture to 20th-century concentration camps

Italian Futurist's Rome apartment—a 'total fusion of art and life'—revealed by MaXXI museum

The small flat inhabited and decorated by 20th-century artist Giacomo Balla is open to the public for the first time as part of a new exhibition

Pressure mounts for Italy to buy Torlonia marbles—world's finest collection of Greco-Roman antiquities still in private hands

As a landmark exhibition in Rome draws to a close, government's plans for long-hidden group of ancient sculpture remain unclear

Walk through the 2,000-year-old Mausoleum of Augustus, Rome's first emperor

The circular tomb—used through history as a fortress, a sculpture garden and an entertainment venue—reopens as a museum after an €11m restoration

Racist or responsive? Italy to exhume Mussolini's colonial museum collection in 'critical' new display

Alarmed post-colonial researchers have raised concerns over plans to open Museo Italo Africano "Ilaria Alpi" in late 2021

First look at the Torlonia marbles, as the last great private collection of classical sculpture opens to the public

Exhibition at Rome’s Musei Capitolini is the first step in finding a permanent home for the 620 ancient Greek and Roman works

Take a virtual tour of once-in-a-lifetime Raphael show in Rome that closed after four days due to coronavirus

Video is part of Italy's "Culture never stops!" initiative providing online access to cultural and heritage sites

Coronavirus in Italy: Ai Weiwei criticised for 'insensitive' pasta meme and Raphael blockbuster closes

An emergency decree means that all museums in the country are on lock down until 3 April

Largest ever number of Raphaels gathered for ‘mega-exhibition’ in Rome

Survey at the Scuderie del Quirinale is jointly organised by the Uffizi in Florence and will focus on the Renaissance master's crucial Roman period

The last of the great private Roman collections re-emerges

A 40-year struggle between Italy and the Torlonia family ends with major show in 2020

Fresco of two fighting gladiators discovered in Pompeii

Italy's culture minister Dario Franceschini says the find shows the site is an "inexhaustible mine for archaeological research"

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Will the UK be able to take part in antiquities busts after Brexit?

Nineteen of the accused in Operation Demetra face trial in December, while the alleged UK mastermind awaits extradition

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Prefab(ulous): the story of an 18th-century chapel made entirely in Rome for a church in Lisbon

This fascinating survey offers both detailed commentary and lavish illustrations

Top Italian museum director faces trial over gym visits

The director of the Galleria Borghese in Rome has been suspended without pay for leaving the office

Controversial new director plans to turn Rome museum into art ‘asylum’

Critics objected to selection of Giorgio de Finis for role at Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma without an open recruitment process

Bernini is guest of honour at patron's villa

Galleria Borghese celebrates the 20th anniversary of its reopening with a show that brings together the artist’s entire career

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Book Review: The arch of time

From its invention by the Romans, the monumental arch has been a feature of the built environment ever since

Modigliani archive ruling against granddaughter

Nechtschein-Modigliani does retain moral rights over the artist's work, however

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Gay images censored after Vatican’s legal threat

Gonzalo Orquín received a letter from the Vicariate of Rome

Prodigious, prolific, phenomenal: Raphael’s last 17 years in Rome on show at the Louvre

The Prado and the Louvre collaborate for a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition

Portrait attributed to Leonardo in desperate condition

Possible self-portrait needs urgent treatment for mould and bacteria