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Enormous private collection of ancient Greek and Roman statues to be opened to the public

The aristocratic Torlonia family has come to an agreement with the Italian authorities to exhibit some of its 600-strong private collection of ancient Greek and Roman statues.

The city of Rome.
The city of Rome. Image by Bert Kaufmann / CC BY-SA 2.0

The collection was started in 1810 with statues unearthed on the family’s estates, such as the area around Rome’s Fiumicino airport, where 50 statues were found. The collection has been hidden away in the family’s private palaces since the 1960s, but the new deal means that 60-90 statues will be exhibited in a travelling exhibition in late 2017, and the whole collection will eventually be put on display in a museum in Rome. Read more: theguardian.com