Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica – Palazzo Barberini

Via delle Quattro Fontane, 13
nearest metro stop - Linea A Barberini

I absolutely loved this National Gallery in the Palazzo Barberini and spent hours wandering around the art works – and a lot of that time staring up at Pietro da Cortona's enormous ceiling fresco in the large salon of the Triumph of Divine Providence.
Some of the many highlights for me here in the gallery were Raphael's the Fornarina, Guido Reni's Saint Mary Magdalene, and the Portrait of Beatrice Cenci attributed to him, Giovanni Lanfranco's Saint Ursula and of course, Caravaggio's Judith beheading Holofernes, and the Narcissus. 
Palazzo Barberini was commissioned in the 17th century when Maffeo Barberini became Pope Urban VIII in 1623. The palace was designed by Carlo Maderno and incorporated the Palazzo Sforza which was originally on the site. After Maderno's death in 1629 Bernini directed the project.
Palazzo Barberini holds the national collection of paintings from the 13th to the 18th century and the rooms show the collection in chronological order.

The gallery is closed on Mondays. Opening Hours are from 8.30am until 7.00pm.
Tickets are € 7 (or € 9 for the integrated ticket which is valid for three days for Palazzo Barberini and Galleria Corsini) 
Guide books can be bought in the bookshop/ticket office and audioguides are available in English, Italian and French.

Artists in Galleria Barberini
Giovanni Baglione
Filippo Lippi
El Greco
il Baciccio
Pietro da Cortona
Guido Reni
Il Sodoma
Hans Holbein
Dosso Dossi
Lorenzo Lotto
El Greco
Annibale Carracci

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