Unearthed Treasures From Tyrant Caligula’s Garden of Delights

First-century tyrant Caligula used a magical estate and its accompanying garden as a retreat during his four-year reign. (He was also assassinated there.) On the outskirts of Rome, on Esquiline Hill, Caligula housed imported animals and oddities, oversaw the construction of an exquisite botanical complex and leveraged his wealth. Scholars believed that when he died, his estate was likely pillaged and the belongings unlikely to …

The Mission to Spotlight Women Artists During the Renaissance Era

Since its inception in 2009, Advancing Women Artists (AWA) has identified 2,000+ works by women artists tucked away in Italy’s museums, churches and beyond. The non-profit also funded the restoration of 70 more pieces spanning the 16th and 17th centuries. All of this encompasses their mission: to fight for equitable representation in museums and scholarly art discussions. Their mission also occurs in the public sphere …

Interview: Palazzo Monti Artist Residency Founder, Edoardo Monti

Insight on the program and their collaborative exhibition at Mana Contemporary, "Transatlantico"

Edoardo Monti spent the entirety of 2016 readying his family’s 13th century palazzo for guests: six artists and an accompanying on-site team to oversee Palazzo Monti‘s first-ever artists in residency program. When they arrived in March the following year, Monti greeted them alongside stunning neo-classical frescos from the late 1750s. There, the artists could connect with works produced hundreds of years ago within the palazzo …