Pope Sixtus IV laid the foundation stone for the world’s first museum collection when he donated a collection of antique statues to the city in 1471. This was expanded by Pope Pius V in 1566. In 1734 Pope Clement XII declared Palazzo Nuovo and Palazzo dei Conservatori to be a public museum.
Among the most important pieces is the ancient equestrian statue of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius, which was wrongly thought to be a representation of Constantine.
Also important are the remains of the Temple of Jupiter, the Capitoline Wolf, the Capitoline Venus, the Dying Gaul, Bernini’s Medusa and Caravaggio’s John the Baptist.
The Cordonata leading to the Musei Capitolini (Rome)
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Treasures of Rome – Rome Guided Tours
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