Rome, Italy

Galleria Borghese

The Galleria Borghese — otherwise known as the Borghese Gallery — is a gallery of art that is situated in the old Villa Borghese Pinciana. The museum was founded by Cardinal Scipione Borghese who lived between 1579 and 1633. Borghese can be best described as the most ruthless and knowledgeable collector of artworks during his time.

The building of the gallery was initially considered as a part of the outer garden for tourism purposes, but they are both managed and visited as a different tourist attractions today.

The Galleria Borghese is home to many of the Borghese collections of arts which include sculptures, paintings and antiquities. The building was designed and sketched by Scipione Borghese himself, while it was constructed by architect Flaminio Ponzio. Borghese initially used the building as a party villa in the city.

If you want to visit Rome and you do not have the time to visit more than one gallery of art, your best choice is the Galleria Borghese. This famous attraction houses the queen of all collections of private art.

Galleria Borghese has astonishing collections of Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s sensational sculptures and numerous admirable paintings by Titian, Raphael and Caravaggio. There are so many highlights in the museum. Look out specifically for the adorable Rape of Proserpina otherwise called “Ratto di Proserpina” by Bernini and Canova’s Venus Victrix.

Visiting the Galleria Borghese requires booking in advance to acquire an entry time, because tourists are admitted only at intervals of two hours to limit the number of people that enters at a particular time.

The museum had witnessed many overhauls over the centuries. The most obvious of the renovations was the eighteenth-century neoclassical lavish decor that was added by Prince Marcantonio Borghese. The Galleria Borghese museum is divided into two sections, which are the upstairs photo galleries and the ground floor galleries with over the top frescoes, complex Roman floor mosaics, and astonishing sculptures.

Visitors adore the museum right from the entrance hall. The hall is decorated with Satiro Combattente that was made in the second century and fourth-century fighting gladiators’ floor mosaics. The magnificent “Marco Curzio a Cavallo,” which was made by Bernini stands high on the wall to complement the gorgeous building with other sculptures.

Among the numerous highlights of the museum are the Young Sick Bacchus made in the late sixteenth century, the Madonna with serpent made in the early seventeenth century, St John the Baptist made in the sixteenth century, Boy with a Basket of Fruit made in the sixteenth century, David with Goliath’s head made in the seventeenth century, the Correggio’s erotic Danae made in the mid-sixteenth century, Sacred and Profane Love made in the early sixteenth century, amongst many others.

Galleria Borghese also offers snapshots of renaissance arts such as the Lady with a Unicorn of 1506, the Deposition of 1507 and many other astonishing photo collections.

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