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The masterpieces of Caravaggio found their audiences in the Borghese Gallery of Rome

"A museum is not a fun activity, it is a vital need," says Anna Coliva, the director of the Borghese Gallery in Rome, very moved to reopen from Tuesday to the public one of the finest collections of art in Italy. Marble Sculptures made with great virtuosity by Bernini, including the Abduction of Proserpine, where a rough Pluto digs his fingers into the flesh of the young girl - or even the masterpieces of Caravaggio, Raphael or Canova are now visible again in the Italian gallery. The establishment had closed its doors for two and a half months due to the pandemic of Covid-19.

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This is something that we were really moved, because this means that we have made the right decision in opening

Anna Coliva, director of the Borghese Gallery,

"We were not expecting to all of this, we thought that nobody would come because the people have lost the habit, or fear," says AFP-TV Anna Coliva, full of"hope" in view of the crowd for the reopening. "This is something that we were really moved, because this means that we have made the right decision in opening up, people wanted it, people were expecting this. We saw families with children. [...] Their first thought was to take the kids to a museum," she said.

Masks required

"It is a new emotion" sliding Lucrezia, an Italian student who has rediscovered Tuesday, the joys of wandering amongst the works of art Lara Finke, a student of German in Rome, "like the freedom". "I can't believe it, but it is also a bit strange because we all wear masks", she says.

A visitor in front of "Saint Jerome writing", oil on canvas painted circa 1605-1606 by Caravaggio in the Borghese Gallery, the may 19, 2020. Tiziana FABI / AFP

As in all enclosed public places, it is necessary to wear a protective mask, disinfect their hands at the entrance and respect the safety distances with other visitors. Strict rules that have led to reduce the number of entries. These are the same as previously on booking. "Only 80 people per tour will be able to enter, that is to say very little. But it is something that is absolutely essential," says the director of the place.

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The pandemic had cut short to the organisation of an exhibition in the Borghese Gallery around the confrontation of two paintings of the lute Player by Caravaggio, one lent by the Hermitage museum of St. Petersburg, the other by the Badminton House in England. The project has been pushed back to the fall on the condition that the works can travel. The Capitoline museums, with their rich collections from the roman period and in particular have re-opened their doors on Tuesday in the Italian capital, also on the reservation.

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