Monday, March 24, 2014

Galleria Doria Pamphilj

Via del Corso, 305

One of the most fantastic art galleries that I've visited in Rome is the Galleria Doria Pamphilj. Situated near the beginning of the Via del Corso (close to the Piazza Venezia) the gallery holds a large private art collection which includes many important pieces by late Renaissance and Baroque artists.
The original palace was once part of the dowry of wealthy widow Olympia Aldobrandini who married ex-cardinal Camillo Pamphilj, nephew to Pope Innocent X. Over the centuries the palazzo was expanded and the art collection enlarged.
The collection includes Caravaggio's Rest on the Flight to Egypt and the Repentant Madonna, works by Raphael, Bernini, Annibale Carracci, Guercino and Guido Reni, and the art and sculpture collection and furnishings of Pope Innocent X, inherited by the family in the 17th century.
The gallery has four wings which includes the stunning Gallery of Mirrors, a private chapel and smaller rooms and chambers with furniture and decorations from the 18th century.
An informative and amusing audio-guide is included in the price of admission, narrated by Jonathan Doria Pamphilj, heir and current owner of the palace.

Galleria Doria Pamphilj is open daily from 9am until 7pm, Closed Christmas Day, New Years Day and Easter.
The audio-guide is available in English, Italian or French.




Annibale Carracci

Guido Reni

Francesco Albani

Artists in Galleria Doria Pamphilj

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The Tigress of Forli by Elizabeth Lev
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The Popes by John Julius Norwich
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