The Easel

Exodus at Italy’s top museums as populist government sweeps away renaissance

It is widely acknowledged that Italy’s museums, with their innumerable cultural treasures, have been woefully managed. Reforms introduced in 2014, that gave museums more autonomy and the ability to recruit internationally, have been hugely successful. Incredibly, all this seems likely to be abandoned, due to internal government rivalries. As the author of the 2014 reforms notes “What damage to our image!”