Galleria Borghese

Galleria Borghese
Established 1903
Location Rome, Italy
Type Art museum
Director Anna Coliva
Website .it.galleriaborghesewww

The Galleria Borghese (English: Borghese Gallery) is an art gallery in villa suburbana, a party villa at the edge of Rome.

Scipione Borghese was an early patron of Bernini and an avid collector of works by Caravaggio, who is well represented in the collection by his Boy with a Basket of Fruit, St Jerome Writing, Sick Bacchus and others. Other paintings of note include Titian's Sacred and Profane Love, Raphael's Entombment of Christ and works by Peter Paul Rubens and Federico Barocci.


  • History 1
  • Collection 2
    • Gian Lorenzo Bernini at the Borghese 2.1
  • Nearby museums 3
  • Collection highlights 4
    • Sculptures 4.1
    • Paintings 4.2
  • Notes 5
  • External links 6


The Casina Borghese lies on the outskirts of seventeenth-century Rome. By 1644, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, in 2000,[1] spurred by the Getty's acquisition of fifty-four drawings related to the project.

In 1808, Prince

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


Sacred and Profane Love by Titian. c. 1514

The Galleria Borghese includes twenty rooms across two floors.

The main floor is mostly devoted to classical antiquities of the 1st–3rd centuries Torrenova, on the Via Casilina outside Rome, in 1834), and classical and neo-classical sculpture such as the Venus Victrix. Its decorative scheme includes a trompe l'oeil ceiling fresco in the first room, or Salone, by the Sicilian artist Mariano Rossi makes such good use of foreshortening that it appears almost three-dimensional.

Gian Lorenzo Bernini at the Borghese

Many of the sculptures are displayed in the spaces they were intended for, including many works by

  • Official website (English)
  • Architecture and gardens on the Villa Borghese or Casino
  • Reviews of Galleria Borghese
  • Satellite photo — the Galleria Borghese is the villa in the center of the photograph surrounded by landscaped gardens.
  • Roman Map of the area with related services

External links

  1. ^ Making a Prince's Museum: Drawings for the Late Eighteenth-Century Redecoration of the Villa Borghese. Getty Research Institute (17 June-17 September 2000). Catalogue by Carole Paul, with an essay by Alberta Campitelli. ISBN 978-0-89236-539-5
  2. ^ He had married Pauline Bonaparte; Antonio Canova's half-nude portrait of her as Venus Victrix takes pride of place in one of the galleries.
  3. ^ Web Gallery of Art, image collection, virtual museum, searchable database of European fine arts (1100–1850)
  4. ^ Web Gallery of Art, image collection, virtual museum, searchable database of European fine arts (1100–1850)
  5. ^ Apollo and Daphne by BERNINI, Gian Lorenzo
  6. ^ Web Gallery of Art, image collection, virtual museum, searchable database of European fine arts (1100–1850)
  7. ^ Bust of Scipione Borghese by BERNINI, Gian Lorenzo




Collection highlights

Also in Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, which specialises in 19th- and 20th-century Italian art, and Museo Nazionale Etrusco, a collection of pre-Roman objects, mostly Etruscan, excavated around Rome.

Nearby museums

The second Scipione Borghese portrait was produced after the a large crack was discovered in the marble of the first version during its creation. [7]

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