There's so much to see: Saint Peter's Basilica, the Stanze, the Sistine Chapel, and the Museums.
Nothing was more important to a Roman emperor than his image.
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.
Even in death, great Roman families were concerned with reinforcing and projecting their status.
Whose side are you on? Two great philosophers of antiquity, Plato and Aristotle, face off in this meeting of minds.
Ancient Greek athletes cleaned themselves with oil. This sculpture shows one athlete’s bathing ritual.
The writhing agony of the Trojan Laocoon made this Hellenistic masterpiece famous throughout history.
With age comes experience, and sculptors in the Roman Republic highlighted seniority—warts and all.
Achilles and Ajax, heroes of the Trojan War, break from battle to play a friendly game that hints at a tragic future.
As demons harvest new souls and angels wake the dead, Mary crouches, powerless beside Christ.
Central to the Counter Reformation, Bernini’s double colonnades activate St. Peter’s and reach out into the city.
Did Peter sit here? Dizzying but unified, light and gold glorify this sacred place.