Marvel at Caravaggio’s, Bernini’s and Raphael’s works at Rome’s Borghese Gallery
After two months of lockdown, the Borghese Gallery is one of the first to reopen its doors. From May 19th, you’ll be able to visit the beautiful collection of the Galleria Borghese, defined as “the most beautiful collection in the world” (still collected in the place that was created and designed for that collection – the Villa Borghese). As usual, visits at the Borghese Gallery will last 120 minutes, allowing only 80 visitors per slot, meaning you’ll get the possibility to view hundreds of masterpieces practically on your own. The ticket office, cloakroom and bookshop will be located on the stands along the external avenue.
Built in 1613 by Cardinal Scipione Borghese, the Borghese Gallery houses the private collection of the Cardinal, who had a marvellous collection of precious works of art, both ancient and modern. The Cardinal’s private collection was created starting in 1607, who initiated a systematic acquisition of artworks, making it one of the largest ones at the time. The first collection was made up of paintings by Caravaggio, Raphael and Titian while the collection of ancient sculptures, another fundamental element capable of giving an aura of ideal universality to the artistic collections, had been constantly enriched. Inside the gallery, you will find a substantial part of the Borghese collection of paintings,sculptures and antiquities.
Galleria Borghese’s Masterpieces
Scipione Borghese was an early patron of Bernini and an avid collector of works by Caravaggio. He was particularly interested in antique sculptures, but was also driven enough to patronise modern artists and was commissioned work by Caravaggio, Bernini, Domenichino and Rubens.
Walking inside the Borghese Gallery is a unique once-in-a-lifetime journey into the world of some of the most universal artists of all time, including Bernini’s most famous masterpieces:
- Aeneas, Anchises and Ascanius
- Rape of Proserpina
- Apollo and Daphne
- Truth revealed by Time
- Self portrait as Young Man
- Self portrait at a Mature Age
- Bust of Cardinale Scipione Borghese
As you move from one section to the other, marvel at Bernini’s details. A particular artwork to set your eyes on is Ratto di Proserpina, where the hands of the God touching Proserpina’s skin actually seem as if they are sinking into her flesh.
The Borghese Gallery also host Rome’s largest collection of Caravaggio works, including David with the Head of Goliath, Madonna and Child with Saint Anne (Madonna dei Palafrenieri), Saint Jerome and the Boy with basket of fruit.
Apart from being exceptional for its splendid collection (including masterpieces by Antonio Canova, Titian, Brueghel, Raphael and many others), the Galleria Borghese is perfect in the coherence of its decorative ensemble that implies antique marbles, inlays, mosaics, stuccoes and inserts.
How to buy Galleria Borghese tickets
Remember that you cannot purchase tickets at the museum itself. You can book tickets via phone at +39 06 32810, online on the Borghese Gallery’s website or by clicking the button below:
Piazzale Museo Borghese, 5 (Villa Borghese)
Tue–Sun: 9am–7pm. Monday Closed
Reservation required (€2)