"Palazzo Barberini" Palazzo Barberini Tip by Cristian_Uluru
Palazzo Barberini, Rome: 7 reviews and 24 photos
Just 200 meters far from the Fontana del Tritone you can see the nice Palazzo Barberini. In the 14th century the sloping site has been occupied by a villa owned by the cardina Rodolfo Pio da Carpi member of the Sforza family. In 1625 the cardinal Francesco Barberini (the future pope Urban VIII) bought the villa.
Carlo Maderno, assisted by his nephew Francesco Borromini, was commissioned, in 1627, to enclose the Villa Sforza within a vast Renaissance block. The design quickly evolved into a precedent-setting combination of just such an urban seat of princely power combined with a garden front that had the nature of a suburban villa with semi-enclosed garden. When Maderno died in 1629, the project passed over in favor of Bernini.
The palazzo is disposed around a courtyard with a central oval salon. The main block presents three tiers of great arch-headed windows, like glazed arcades, a formula that was more Venetian than Roman. On the uppermost floor, Borromini's windows are set in a false perspective that suggests extra depth. A wonderful staircase lead to the piano nobile. The rooms of the piano nobile have frescoed ceilings by other seventeenth-century artists.
Today Palazzo Barberini houses the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica, one of the most important painting collection in Italy. There you can see La fornarina by Raphael; Judith Beheading Holofernes by Caravaggio and much more.
Address: Via delle Quattro Fontane
Directions: Underground line A, stop Barberini.
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