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Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Cathedra Petri (Chair of St. Peter)
Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Cathedra Petri (Chair of St. Peter)

Did Peter sit here? Dizzying but unified, light and gold glorify this sacred place.

Baths of Caracalla
Baths of Caracalla

Bathing was an essential part of ancient Roman urban life and spending the afternoon in the baths was a normal occurrence.

The Mausoleum of Augustus and the Piazza Augusto Imperatore in Rome
The Mausoleum of Augustus and the Piazza Augusto Imperatore in Rome

From Augustus, to Mussolini, and now Bulgari, the long strange history of the Mausoleum of Augustus.

Obelisks and ancient Rome
Obelisks and ancient Rome

The Roman emperor Augustus brought many ancient Egyptian obelisks back to the the city of Rome.

The Mausoleum of Augustus and the Piazza Augusto Imperatore in Rome
The Mausoleum of Augustus and the Piazza Augusto Imperatore in Rome

From Augustus, to Mussolini, and now Bulgari, the long strange history of the Mausoleum of Augustus.

Artemisia Gentileschi, <em>Conversion of the Magdalene</em>
Artemisia Gentileschi, Conversion of the Magdalene

Gentileschi's Mary Magdalene chooses between a spiritual and worldly path.

Athanadoros, Hagesandros, and Polydoros of Rhodes, <em>Laocoön and his Sons</em>
Athanadoros, Hagesandros, and Polydoros of Rhodes, Laocoön and his Sons

The writhing agony of the Trojan Laocoon made this Hellenistic masterpiece famous throughout history.

The altar tabernacle, Pauline Chapel, Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome
The altar tabernacle, Pauline Chapel, Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome

The altar tabernacle of the Pauline Chapel at Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome repackages a medieval icon and turns it into a dazzling Baroque trophy.

Il Gesù, Rome
Il Gesù, Rome

Created at a dramatic moment in European history, this explosive ceiling fresco celebrates the triumph of Jesus.

Murals and Public Art in 1930s Rome
Murals and Public Art in 1930s Rome

In Rome, murals were harnessed to the political agenda of 1930s Fascism, a one-party state led by an authoritarian ruler.

Temple of Portunus, Rome
Temple of Portunus, Rome

This small temple is a rare surviving example from the Roman Republic. It is both innovative and traditional.

A moment in time that’s lasted 2,000 years— the <i>Spinario (Boy with Thorn)</i>
A moment in time that’s lasted 2,000 years— the Spinario (Boy with Thorn)

How to represent an everyday moment—from the ancient world to the Renaissance