Treasures of the Capitoline Museums
|Equestrian Statue of Marcus Aurelius, bronze, 2nd century AD|
|Spinario (thorn-puller), bronze, 1st century BC|
This is one of the most fascinating and under-visited museums in the city. It contains some of the most important works of ancient statuary in the world, glorious frescoes that tell the history of Rome, a picture gallery with works by Caravaggio, Titian, Tintoretto, Carracci, Reni, Da Cortona, Guercino, and more, the ruins of the most ancient and important Roman temple, and a panoramic and unique view over the Roman Forum. The museum is situated on the Capitoline Hill, a spot that was the very center of Roman religious life in ancient times. It is also the oldest public museum in the world, opened in 1471. While visiting the Vatican Museums is essential to get to know the history of the church and the Vatican, a visit to the Capitoline Museums is every bit as necessary for those who wish to gain an thorough understanding of the city of Rome, from its ancient origins through the Renaissance and beyond.
|The Rape of the Sabine Women, Pietro Da Cortona, 1630|
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