Saturday 16 December Palazzo Altemps celebrates 20 years as a museum and to mark the occasion will be open to the public free of charge from 9.00 am to 7.30 pm, together with the exhibition Citazioni pratiche. Fornasetti a Palazzo Altemps. The Museo Nazionale Romano at Palazzo Altemps illustrates the fascinating theme of collections in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. A passion for beautiful things, but equally the desire to display wealth and power, were the twin drivers of the Roman nobility’s thirst for masterpieces. Much advantaged by Rome’s abundance of important archaeological sites, the aristocracy vied with each other in the acquisition of splendid collections. The works on display in the museum bear mute witness to the sculpture collections of the Altemps, Boncompagni Ludovisi and Mattei families, together with marble reliefs from the Brancaccio and Del Drago collections.