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Visit to Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica di Palazzo Barberini

The National Gallery of Ancient Art is an art gallery located in Palazzo Barberini. The art collection includes works by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Caravaggio, Giovanni Baglione, Hans Holbein, Perugino, Nicolas Poussin, Giulio Romano, Raphael, Carlo Saraceni Tiepolo, Tintoretto and Tiziano.

Barberini Palace is one of the greatest, most important and magnificent buildings of Baroque Rome. It was built for want of the Pope Urban VIII end was designed by the most gifted and inspired architects of the time: Carlo Maderno, Francesco Borromini and Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Now the palace is seat of the National Gallery of Art, so we have an entire collection of artworks housed in an artwork in itself.


The visit will give the opportunity to appreciate not only the original structural and aesthetic interweaving of architecture, sculpture and painting (what Bernini himself called “bel composto”), but also the special problems we have to face in arranging a modern museum, with its functional and practical needs, inside a 17th century palace of the highest historical and artistic interest.