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History and contents of the Borghese Gallery:

Scipione Caffarelli Borghese, son of Ortensia Borghese was elected to the cardinalate by his Uncle, Camillo Borghese, upon becoming Pope (Paul V) in 1605. Cardinal Scipione was charged with handling diplomatic and cultural affairs at the Papal Court, and rapidly developed an extremely shrewd and voracious eye for collecting works of art. He collected with a passion - often a ruthless one - and his passions were for ancient, Renaissance and contemporary pieces that he hoped would fire a new golden age.

He was especially a collector of antique sculpture, but was also driven enough to patronise modern artists and commissioned work from, amongst others, Caravaggio, Bernini, Domenichino and Rubens.

It was to house the works of these artists, alongside his existing collections, and to have a venue for his summer parties and musical evenings, that work began in the early 1600's on the casino or summer-house that is today the Galleria Borghese. Not surprisingly, no corners were cut in the construction, and the palace is a celebration of the splendours of the ancient Roman Empire.

The building has been modified and extended down the years, and was eventually sold to the Italian government in 1902, along with the entire Borghese estate and surrounding gardens and parkland.

Below you'll find a small selection of some of the most noted works to be viewed at the gallery:

  • Canova, Pauline Bonaparte
  • Correggio, Danäe
  • Domenichino, Diana
  • Savoldo, Tobias and the Angel
  • Dosso Dossi, Circe
  • Raphael, The Depostion
  • Titian, Sacred & Profane Love
  • Antonello da Messina, Portrait of a Man
  • Bernini, Apollo and Daphne; Truth; Pluto & Prosperina; David
  • Cranach, Venus and Cupid
  • Rubens, The Deposition
  • Lorenzo Lotto, Madonna & Child with Saints
  • Caravaggio, David & head of Goliath
 

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Coronavirus in Italy

Due to Coronavirus many venues and events are applying strict entry conditions. These will vary by venue but common examples are:

  • You must wear a compliant CE mask (Ordinanza RT n.48) which covers both mouth and nose.
  • Disposable single-use gloves must be worn at all times.
  • Hands (or gloves) must be cleaned with a disinfectant gel on entry.
  • Your temperature (which will be measured on entry) must not be above 37.5°C.
  • Visitors must maintain a social distance of 1.8m at all times.
  • There may be a maximum visitor limit in place - in some cases this may lead to delays

Any conditions may be changed without notice as Italian regulations are updated.

If you are denied entrance because of failure to meet entry conditions, no refunds will be available.