Borghese Gallery

Join our resident art history professor as she guides you through this stupendous collection and palace that was once the property of the princely Borghese family and now belongs to the state of Italy. It is one of the richest single owner art collections in the world. It is the foremost collection of Baroque art in Rome. The Borghese Gallery is a must visit sight, this property is part of the Villa Borghese,  a park that is six miles around and that was created for the pleasure of the princely Borghese family in the 17th century. The ornate Borghese gallery was designed in the 17th century to hold one of the preeminent collectionsof sculpture and painting in the world, including many of the sculpturalmasterpieces of Gianlorenzo Bernini. The collection includes modern and ancient sculpture including Bernini’s Rape of Proserpina and Apollo and Daphne, and Canova’s Venus Victrix.It is truly testimony to one of the greatest patrons of the Baroque,Scipione Borghese.  The Gallery  is covered in frescoes, marble and stucco which are all designed to enhance the masterpieces it contains by the great masters of the 16th and 17th centuries including works by Bernini, Canova, Raphael, Caravaggio, Correggio, Titian, Guercino andDomenichino as well as a stupendous collection of ancient Hellenistic and Roman art.

Sites Included:

  • The Borghese Villa, The Art Gallery
  • Venus Victrix by Antonio Canova,
  • Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s David, Apollo and Daphne and the Rape of Proserpine
  • The Deposition of Christ by Raphael
  • Paintings of Caravaggio and Raphael and other Great Artists

Topics covered:

  • Historical context of the art gallery
  • A very close look to the art of the Baroque
  • Particular attention paid to the most beautiful works of Italian Art and their influence to the modern era
  • The Lives of the artists and the their relationship with the Church
  • A promise to have a dynamic, humorous, friendly and knowledgeable tour guide

Touring options:

  • Private Tour : € 145,00 (per group) + individual entrance fees (€15,00 skip the Line Entrance)

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