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coronavirus

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

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coronavirus

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

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Exhibitions

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

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Art collection

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

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Pompeii

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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Art market

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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Books

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

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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

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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

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Exhibitions

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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Books

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

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Amedeo Modigliani

Modigliani archive ruling against granddaughter

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

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Amedeo Modigliani

Court rules against Modigliani's granddaughter as the sole owner of the artist's moral rights

The estate of the artist is one of the most contested in the art world

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LGBTQ

Gay images censored after Vatican’s legal threat

Gonzalo Orquín received a letter from the Vicariate of Rome

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Exhibitions

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

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Leonardo da Vinci

Portrait attributed to Leonardo in desperate condition

Possible self-portrait needs urgent treatment for mould and bacteria

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Marion True

Has peace broken out after the trial of Marion True?

One writer says the pressure on American museums has eased, but another insists Italian prosecutors remain combative

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Marion True

Marion True, former Getty curator, trial collapses

Victims include prime minister’s father-in-law and an old master art dealer

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Restitution

Judge decides Getty knew its Greek bronze was illegal

Italian minister asks for restitution of the Fano Athlete

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Marion True

Marion True defence continues

“Stolen” antiquities put under microscope in Getty trial

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Marion True

Marion True trial: Expert archaeologist Rizzo ends prosecution testimony

As the testimony of the expert witness comes to a close, we look at what the next hearing will entail

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Marion True

“The Fleischmann Collection was just a front” - updates on the Marion True trial

The latest hearing in the Marion True trial links Getty to convicted dealer, again

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Lawsuits

Dodgy dealers, curators and collectors named in the Marion True trial in Rome

The latest in the trial of former Getty antiquities curator, Marion True, and the Paris-based dealer Robert Hech both charged with conspiring to receive illegally excavated antiquities

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Gagosian Gallery

Rome gallery opening: “Larry Gagosian has always expanded in a recession”

Why is the most successful contemporary art dealer in the world opening a branch in Rome this month?

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Marion True

Trial of Marion True and Robert Hecht over illegally excavated antiquities from Rome continues

Complications over reputation, paperwork, and repatriation

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Mark Rothko

Rothko comes to Rome for the first time since 1970

The 70 painting strong exhibition will be in the newly reopened Palazzo delle Esposizioni

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Marion True

The Marion True trial: troubles in the courtroom

The hearings heated up when one of the defence lawyers threatened to abandon the trial if the prosecution continued its aggressive stance

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Marion True

The Marion True trial: investigation continues

The trial of former Getty antiquities curator continues with prosecutor Daniela Rizzo offering witness evidence

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Collectors

Carlo Bilotti's plan to open a new contemporary art gallery in Rome will proceed following his death

Late collector’s Hirst “chapel” will still open

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Art crime

Getty curator could escape charges on a technicality

Marion True faces charges of conspiring to receive illicitly excavated artefacts

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Marion True

November update on Marion True trial

The Art Newspaper reports

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Restitution

Italy gets antiquities back from Boston Museum of Fine Arts

The museum bought in good faith, but was shown evidence that they had left Italy illicitly

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Marion True

Marion True trial delayed by lawyers’ strike

This is in response to Italy's new liberalisation measures

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New Museum

British artists inaugurate new Roman museum

A US-based private collector is putting his art on public display

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Marion True

The Marion True trial continues: is there any progression in the courtroom?

The Art Newspaper reports on the events of the continuing trial

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Gagosian Gallery

Gagosian to open gallery in Rome

New director comes from Guggenheim

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Collectors

Rome embraces another Florida-based collector, Bilotti

Loans to Palazzo Venezia and talks for new contemporary arts centre

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Marion True

Ex-Getty antiquities curator appears in Italian court

Marion True made a surprise appearance on the first day of the trial

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Marion True

Now former Getty antiquities curator Marion True goes on trial this month

Marion True has resigned from the museum and the institution is to return three artefacts to Italy

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Rome

Gagosian empire extends to Rome

A new office opens in the Palazzo Borghese

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Villa Borghese

Villa Borghese Orangery to be renamed the Bilotti Museum

Rome says yes to collector’s demands

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Rome

A growing number of young collectors are now buying contemporary art in Rome

Has the Eternal City overtaken Milan and Turin?

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Rome

Meet the man who wants to open a Hirst chapel in Rome

The Italian collector Carlo Bilotti has commissioned Damien Hirst to create four paintings of the Evangelists which he wants to display in a deconsecrated church

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Marion True

Marion True hearing postponed to March

Postponement is due to document translation troubles

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Appointments & departures

New appointment at the Pontifical Academy, Rome

Letizia Pani Ermini, the specialist in medieval archaeology, has been appointed president of the Pontifical Academy in Rome by the Pope.

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Rome

An Italian archaeologist pleads for professionals to gather information from farmers and from those living near ancient sites

The integrity of most archaeological sites in Italy has been compromised by extensive illicit excavations, which have caused the loss of an enormous quantity of archaeological information

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Cavallini discovery reopens superiority debate between Quattrocento Roman and Florentine schools

Will Cavallini or Giotto reign supreme?

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Antiquities & Archaeology

The grandest archaeological project since Mussolini’s time has required a special, bureaucracy-defeating agreement

Where archaeology becomes power

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Exhibitions

War and peace photography of Robert Capa on show at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni

A celebration of a dramatic life

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Rome

In 1993 Rome’s town council began preparing for the Millennium. The debate has been over how much to alter Mussolini’s propagandistic exploitation of imperial remains

The archaeology of power

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Collectors

Collection of interior design scholar Mario Praz reinstated to Palazzo Primoli apartment

Praz bequeathed the entirety of his collection to the Galleria Nazionale d’arte Moderna, in the hope that his home would become a satellite of the museum

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Restitution

Italian town begs the Cleveland Museum for their cross back, per favore

Illegally sold in the 1960s, it was bought by the US museum in good faith but the Italians would like it returned

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Restitution

Ethiopian football fans demand return of Axum obelisk looted by Mussolini

Official campaign for restitution of sculptured stele

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Restitution

Unidroit lawyers meet for international agreement on restitution of stolen works of art

Stumbling blocks: attempts to define “national treasure” and abolition of passage of title in “good faith” purchases

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Italy

Milan to be Italy's candidate for the European Agency for the Environment

Plans to replace Milan with Venice as a candidate have been scrapped