The sculptor Bartolomeo Cavaceppi (1716-1799) was perhaps the most important restorer of antiquities in Rome in the period of the Grand Tour. A strict collaboration with the Musei Capitolini and Cardinal Alessandro Algardi. He also worked with Gavin Hamilton and Thomas Jenkins, the two most important dealers of antiquities. In 1755, his encounter and long friendship with Johann Joachim Winclelmann, the “father of art history” resulted in a new conception of the restoration of
“Masterpieces of antique Chinese Porcelain from the Shanghai Museum” was an exhibition presented at Palazzo Venezia in 2016/17. The fourth of five exhibitions at Palazzo Venezia as the result of an agreement between Italy and China, 74 works traced the Chinese porcelain tradition from the Song and Yuan dynasties (960 – 1368), in particular the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) works made for the imperial court in Jingdezhen, and finally the latest works of the Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
An extraordinary paradox played out in the very heart of Rome and on the Amalfi coast in Vietri. In 1929, Palazzo Venezia became the official residence of Benito Mussolini. The palace constructed in 1460 for Cardinal Pietro Barbo (later Pope Paul II) was chosen as the site of the Museum of Italian Renaissance by Federico Hermanin. Restorations of the palace included the ceilings and recovery of the ancient paintings. It was decided to replace the floors of the museum as well.