One of the virtues of this exhibition, drawn from the collections of the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, is that it deals with a relatively small number of artists, including Monet, Matisse, Cezanne and Picasso. A high point is the wall devoted to Bonnard, Denis and Vuillard. The last in particular stands out — his world shrunk to intimate interiors with a severely limited range of subject matter as well as of colour and tone. Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery Road, The Domain, Sydney. Thurs-Tues, 10am-5pm; Wed, 10am-10pm. Tickets: $16-$28. Bookings: 136 246. Until March 3. Rome: City and Empire The title of this exhibition is unusually apposite, for the story of Rome is indeed one of a city that grew into an empire. This exhibition offers many fascinating glimpses of the complex world of Roman culture, from portraits to coins, tools, items from everyday life and, at the end, sarcophaguses and tombstones. Portraits are perhaps the most striking of these, and we are met at the entrance by the full-length figure of a patrician in a toga.