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(National Gallery of Ancient Art)
Via della Lungara, 10
Tel: +39 06 6880 2323
Bus: 8-23-116-125-280. The line 116 allows a connection between the two branches of the National Gallery of Palazzo Barberini and Palazzo Corsini (stops: Barberini and Via Giulia, then cross the Tiber at Ponte Sisto). On foot: 5 minutes from Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere, 2 minutes Piazza Trilussa.
Tuesday to Sunday: 08:30 am to 7:30 pm
The facade on the street.
There is a garden behind.
The National Gallery of Ancient Art in the Palazzo Corsini is a sister museum to the museum in the Palazzo Barberini. The palace was built by the Corsini Family from Florence when Cardinal Lorenzo was elected Pope with the name of Pope Clement XII. The original building was owned by the Riario Family, and Cardinal Raffaele Riario was a prominent member of this family. In 1659 the palace became the home of Queen Christian of Sweden who had converted to Catholicism. She lived here until she died in 1689. The Corsini Family bought the property in 1736 and hired the architect Ferdinando Fuga to renovate it. Prince Thomas Jr. sold the property to the Italian Government in 1883, and this included the wonderful art collection in it. This was the first Italian National Gallery. In the early 20th century the architect Gustavo Giovannoni designed the Hall of Hercules.
Most of the masterpieces in the collection come from the Corsini Family. Cardinal Neri Maria Corsini lived in the 17th century and he enjoyed collecting art. Later the collection received art from the collections of Pope Clement XII and his nephew. The art is mostly Italian and has a span from the early Renaissance to the late 18th century.
No photography can be taken in the museum.