A Roman Antiquity in DC

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The Capitoline Venus (2nd century AD, marble), as installed in the Rotunda of the West
Building of the National Gallery of Art, Washington

The National Gallery of Art brings to its visitors a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to marvel at the famous Capitoline Venus, one of the best-preserved masterpieces from Rome—a city known for its richness in antiquity and art. The 6-foot-6-inch sculpture of the Roman goddess of love, beauty and fertility left its home for the first time in 200 years to be placed in Washington as part of Roman mayor Gianni Alemanno's The Dream of Rome project. (The only other time the sculpture has left its home was when it was seized by Napoleon in 1797, only to be returned in 1816.) It will remain on view as part of the museum’s "A Masterpiece from the Capitoline Museum, Rome" exhibit until September 5, serving as a symbol of the strong bond between the nation’s capital and its new sister city. National Gallery of Art, Fourth and Costitution Ave. NW, nga.gov

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