Capitoline Museums Rome, Italy

Colossal Statue of Constantine
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Housing the oldest public art collection in the world, the Capitoline Museums are especially famed for their Roman sculptures.

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    The Capitoline Museums are believed to contain the oldest public art collection in the world, founded in 1471 when Pope Sixtus IV donated a group of Roman bronzes to the people of Rome (including the Spinario and She-Wolf of Rome, both of which are still on display). The donations were placed in the Palazzo dei Conservatori, which still forms the heart of the Capitoline Museums...