Borghese Gallery and Museum: temples of beauty

Borghese Gallery and Museum: temples of beauty

Less known and crowded than the Vatican Museums, and protected from the outside by a large park, the Borghese Gallery and Museum are home to a thousand and one splendours.

The Borghese Gallery is presented as a mise en abyme with a juxtaposition of works of art, each one hiding another, which itself houses other treasures. Thus was how the palace, a small Doric jewel built in 1605 by Cardinal Scipione Borghese, was originally conceived. Its bright white facade, adorned with carved niches, contains various rooms of perfect proportion.

The Borghese Gallery contains the Cardinal's stunning collection, including some of the most beautiful works by the Italian masters: marble statues by Bernini, and paintings by Caravaggio, Raphael, Titian, and Correggio. Raphael's Young Lady and the Unicorn is next to Caravaggio's Boy with a Basket of Fruit. Caravaggio's David competes for public favour with Bernini's version. Virgin and Child with Six Angels and the Baptist by Botticelli and Caravaggio's Madonna and Child with St. Anne, eye each other from across the room. The gallery is located in the villa itself, amidst an 80-hectare park of shady gardens concealing a beautiful lake – perfect for a romantic boat ride.

Borghese Gallery and Museum
Piazzale Scipione Borghese 5
00197 Roma

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