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Galleria Borghese

Galleria Borghese

Galleria Borghese

The Galleria Borghese is an art gallery in Rome, housed in the former Villa Borghese Pinciana. The Galleria Borghese houses the Borghese collection of paintings, sculpture and antiquities, begun by Cardinal Scipione Borghese, the nephew of Pope Paul V (reign 1605–1621). The Villa was originally designed and used as a country 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. Other paintings of note include Titian, Raphael, Peter Paul Rubens and Federico Barocci. The Galleria Borghese includes twenty rooms across two floors.

The Villa Borghese gardens are a separate tourist attraction with its separate ticketing and entry requirements. Also nearby is the 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.

Highlights of the Galleria Borghese

Galleria Borghese

  • Museum:      Borghese Gallery
  • Italian:          Galleria Borghese
  • City:              Rome
  • Country:       Italy
  • Established: 1903
  • Type:            Art museum
  • Address:       Villa Borghese, Rome, Italy

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“It is better to create than to learn! Creating is the essence of life.”
– Julius Caesar

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