Special Exhibitions

Rome, the Eternal City: Masterpieces from the Capitoline Museums’ Collection

September 16 (Sat) – December 10 (Sun), 2023

Rome, the Eternal City—Its over 2,000 years of glorious history and unparalleled culture have revolved around the Capitoline Hill, where temples dedicated to supreme deities stood and Rome’s city hall is currently located. Perched on that hill, the Capitoline Museums are one of the oldest museums in the world, having begun with the Renaissance Pope Sixtus IV’s donation of four ancient sculptures to the citizens of Rome. The museums’ extensive collection, which rests on the glory of the Roman Empire and holds antiquities and sculptures from the Vatican and paintings from famous Roman families, mirrors Rome’s development as a political, religious, and cultural center of Europe.
This exhibition will trace the history and art of Rome—“the Eternal City”—from the birth of the Republic to its ancient glory, and from the age of popes to modern times through some 70 sculptures, paintings, and prints primarily from the collection of the Capitoline Museums.
This year, 2023, marks the 150th anniversary of the Iwakura Mission’s visit to the Capitoline Museums. Dispatched by Japan’s Meiji government, the delegation’s European tour would have a major impact on Japan’s museum policy. In this milestone year, Rome’s sister city of Tokyo, along with Fukuoka, will host the first comprehensive exhibition of the Capitoline Museums’ collection in Japan.



September 16 (Sat) – December 10 (Sun), 2023
Exhibition Rooms
Mondays, September 19, October 10 (Open the Mondays of September 18, October 9)
9:30 – 17:30 (Last admission 17:00)
Days of Extended Hours
Fridays 9:30 – 20:00 (Last admission 19:30)
Organized by
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum operated by Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, The Mainichi Newspapers, NHK, NHK Promotions Inc.
Co-organized by
Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali
Supported by
Embassy of Italy in Japan
Sponsored by
Daiwa House Industry Co., Ltd., Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (DNP)
In Cooperation with
ITA Airways, Nippon Cargo Airlines Co., Ltd.
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