The Galleria Borghese

The Galleria Borghese

The Galleria Borghese, thanks to its quantity and quality of the exhibited works, can be considered one of the most important museums in Rome and among the best known in Italy. There it is preserved the largest number of works by Caravaggio but we find paintings and sculptures of some of the major artists of the Renaissance and the Italian and European baroque, bas-reliefs and ancient mosaics, as well as paintings and sculptures ranging from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century.

The Galleria Borghese itself is a work of art and its interiors give a further artistic and architectural value to the building and a high value to its visit. The ground floor consists of 8 rooms while the first floor has 12 rooms.

Given the importance that the Galleria Borghese has in the Italian museum scene, it is very difficult to describe it in detail but we can only begin with the wonderful works of Gian Lorenzo Bernini with the superb statue of "Apollo and Daphne" or the "Rape of Proserpina" . Then the "David" to move to the neoclassical "Paolina Bonaparte" in the incarnation of the "Venere Vincitrice", one of Antonio Canova's most famous sculptures. As described, there is the largest number of works by Caravaggio in particular at Galleria Borghese Boy with fruit basket from 1593-1594, The Madonna and Child with St. Anne (Dei Palafrenieri)  made between 1605 and 1606, San Giovanni Batitsta dated 1610 and finally Davide with the head of Goliath terminated in 1610.

The most important works by Raphael in the Galleria Borghese are the "Portrait of Virile" of 1504, the "Young Woman with Unicorn", dating back to about 1506, and the "Deposition Baglioni" (1507). The paintings of the Flemish Pieter Paul Rubens that we can admire are the "Deposition in the Sepulcher" of 1601 and "Susanna and the Elders" dating from around 1607.

Continuing the visit in the splendid Villa Borghese setting we will be involved in the paintings of Titian, such as "Sacred and Profane Love" made in 1513 or by Parmigianino with his "Portrait of Pianerlotto" (about 1531) and Pinturicchio with his work the "Crucifix between the saints Girolamo and Cristoforo" (about 1475). In addition, the gallery hosts other artists including Lorenzo Lotto, Antonello da Messina, Annibale Carracci, Bacchiacca and Giovanni Bellini.