Photo essay: Italy reopens museums and churches

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On a side street around the corner from the Pantheon in Rome’s centro storico, locals again this week spotted a familiar sight: a crowd queuing to get into the church of San Luigi dei Francesi. Even by Roman standards, this is not any old church. It holds the Caravaggio masterpiece, “The Calling of Matthew”—a must see for any visitor to the Eternal City.

For ten long weeks, art lovers have been living in a kind of purgatory: a city full of masterpieces—from Michelangelo’s “The Last Judgement” in the Sistine Chapel to Bernini’s sculpture of Apollo and Daphne to Marcel Duchamp’s

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