National Gallery of Ancient Art- Palazzo Barberini
Duration: 2 hours
Our guide will take you through one of the most important and beautiful buildings of Roman nobility.
Palazzo Barberini was built in 1625 for Pope Urbano VIII by Carlo Maderno and was completed by Bernini in 1633. Borromini, as a young man, designed the spiral staircase.
Once inside you can admire frescoes on the ceiling of the grand salon. The Triumph of Divine Providence was painted by Pietro da Cortona between 1633 and 1639 in honour of the papal family.
Then you will visit the Gallery of Ancient Art where there are more than 1500 important artworks from the 12th and 17th centuries. They belonged to Roman noble families such as Chigi and Barberini.
Here you will see La Fornarina by Raphael, the Judith Beheading Holofernes by Caravaggio and many other paintings by Andrea del Sarto, Beccafumi, Sodoma, Bronzino, Lorenzo Lotto, Tintoretto, Tiziano, El Greco, Guido Reni, Domenichino, Guercino, Lanfranco, Poussin, Pietro da Cortona.