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Capitoline Museums (Musei Capitolini), Rome

Overview

Palazzo Nuovo
Palazzo Nuovo

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Palazzo dei Conservatori
Palazzo dei Conservatori

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The Capitoline Museums are located in Piazza dei Campidoglio and are composed by several palazzi: Palazzo dei Conservatori, Palazzo Caffarelli Clementino (now serving as an annex to Palazzo dei Conservatori), Palazzo Senatorio and Palazzo Nuovo, built in the piazza in 1734 after Michelangelo's design, mirroring the existing Palazzo dei Conservatori. The museum was opened to the public in 1734 and considered the first museum in the world with artwork displayed for everybody and not only for the owner. It contains the originals of the bronze she-wolf nursing Romulus and Remus from the 13th century, with the boys added in the 15th century, and of the ancient Roman equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius in bronze, considered to be the first equestrian statue in the Roman Empire. The ones located in Piazza del Campidoglio are only replicas.
Equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius
Equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius

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Lupa Capitolina (Capitoline Wolf)
Lupa Capitolina (Capitoline Wolf)

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Lupa Capitolina (Capitoline Wolf) - detail
Lupa Capitolina (Capitoline Wolf) - detail

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Bronze goose statue from Capitoline Museums. According to a legend, the geese saved the ancient Rome
Bronze goose statue from Capitoline Museums. According to a legend, the geese saved the ancient Rome

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Link to the Capitoline Museums's website: www.museicapitolini.org