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(National Gallery of Ancient Art)
Via delle Quattro Fontane, 13
Tel: +39 06 4814591
Bus n°: 52, 53, 56, 58, 58/, 60, 61, 95, 116, 175, 492, 590
Underground Line A: Barberini stop
Tuesday to Sunday, from 8.30 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.
Carlo Maderno was the architect who designed the Palazzo Barberini for Pope Urban VIII. Pietro da Cortona painted the central salon to glorify the Barberini Family. When Carlo Maderno died, Gian Lorenzo Bernini succeeded as chief architect in 1629. He designed the facade overlooking the garden and staircase. Borromini was commissioned to design the spiral staircase and windows to the top story of the palace.
Prince Corsini donated his art collection to the Italian Government and the State founded the National Gallery of Ancient Art based on his collection. Enrichetta Hertz (1846-1913) was a German collector who loved Italian art and lived in Rome. She left 43 pieces of art to the museum. The museum also added the Torlonia and Chigi collections to its collection. The Palazzo Barberini was bought by the State as the new home of the National Gallery of Ancient Art. The collection has masterpieces starting from the 13th to the 18th centuries. Among artists represented are Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Caravaggio, Giovanni Baglione, Hans Holbein, Perugino, Nicolas Poussin, Giulio Romano, Raphael, Carlo Saraceni Tiepolo, Tintoretto and Titian, Andrea del Sarto, Beccafumi, Sodoma, Bronzino, Lotto, Tintoretto, Guercino and El Greco. Raphael painted the Fornarina, and this masterpiece is found in the collection. There are also Dutch and Flemish works.
The museum does not allow any photography.
The beautiful façade of the palace.