Italy’s former leader leaves heirs a huge collection of ‘worthless’ art

Q: Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi died in June, and the media billionaire left behind a collection of 25,000 artworks described as mostly worthless by one of Italy's leading art critics. Berlusconi bought many of the works from late-night telesales programs. Where is Italy?

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Q: Despite many scandals and a tax fraud conviction, Berlusconi remained popular and the political party he founded returned to power last year in a coalition with Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni. But, Meloni disagreed with Berlusconi’s support for which nation??

A. Iran

B. Israel

C. Russia

D. Ukraine

Q: Berlusconi headed Italy’s government longer than anyone since which Italian became prime minister in 1922?

A. Botticelli

B. Donatello

C. Mussolini

D. Titian

Q: Botticelli, Donatello and Titian were master artists from the Italian Renaissance in the 15th and 16th centuries. In fact, a Titian painting is one of the valuable artworks Berlusconi owned along with his thousands of lesser acquisitions. The Renaissance was centered in which area of Italy?

A. Northern

B. Southern

C. Sardinia

D. Sicily

Q: It costs Berlusconi’s heirs about $846,000 a year to house his "monstrously entertaining" but low-value art collection. That is small change in an estate worth around $6.8 billion. Berlusconi was born in Milan and started his business career there. The financial center of Milan is in what region at the northern end of Italy?

A. Calabria

B. Lombardy

C. Molise

D. Tuscany

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