From the Colosseum to the MAXXI (National Museum of 21st Century Art)
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This painting blends deep piety with scientific observation. Both its architecture and figures were radically new.
Set against gleaming gold, Mary and Christ sit on an intricately carved throne studded with gems.
One of the oldest surviving bibles was made in England but has clear visual ties to traditions from the ancient Mediterranean.
Pompeii, once called the "City of the Dead," gives a marvelous sense of day-to-day Roman life.
Two portraits capture the ambition and impudence of Titian's close friend and publicist.
The rediscovery of ancient Pompeii and Herculaneum and the beginnings of archaeology.
What colorful stone and stark geometry! San Miniato hovers above the Arno river; Pisa Cathedral lies in its marshes.
Brotherhoods lent stability to religious and civic life. These wealthy institutions also commissioned paintings.
To the victor go the spoils? These sculptures were taken by the Byzantines, the Venetians, and Napoleon.
Thirty-three feet long, the Codex Borgia records historical, ritual, mythological, and botanical information.
This cloth—first woven by a wise spider—sends social messages through a system of specific patterns.
Gods carry away the dead on a pot looted from a tomb, trafficked out of Italy, bought by the Met, and finally returned.