Showing at the V&A, London from 5 March to 3 July 2016.
Helen Lewis chooses the so-called 'Black Queen' of France, Catherine de Medici.
Should Americans celebrate, or be embarrased by, Columbus Day?
Should Christopher Columbus be regarded as a hero or a villain by Americans?
Chris Bowlby profiles the England football manager Fabio Capello.
Bobby Friction champions the Italian physicist and astronomer Galileo Galilei.
Galileo's lost letter questions how he challenged the Church. With Philip Ball.
Mark Coles profiles the prospective new Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.
Josephine Bonaparte, first empress of France, chosen by Janine di Giovanni.
Ken Russell on Fellini
Luciano Pavarotti is nominated by the music promoter Harvey Goldsmith.
Edward Stourton asks if Matteo Renzi, Italy's dynamic new PM, can fulfil his promises.
Helen Grady profiles the Italian interior minister, Matteo Salvini.
Nancy Dell'Olio champions the much maligned Lucrezia Borgia.
Philippa Perry on how Montessori inspires her work as a psychotherapist.
Psychotherapist Philippa Perry on the Italian educator Maria Montessori.
Mark Mardell scrutinises Romano Prodi, who wants to be Italy's next Prime Minister.
The life of Rudolph Valentino (1895-1926).
Alistair Cooke pays tribute Dr. Carlo Urbani, the pioneer of Doctors Without Borders.
Sarah Vine chooses Dante, author of the Italian literary masterpiece the Divine Comedy
Jonathan Maitland profiles Silvio Berlusconi.
"It goes deeper than any personal predilection" From John Berger's And Our Faces...
Paul Gambaccini goes behind the scenes of the Three Tenors' concert in Rome in 1990.
What really happened to Galileo?