Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica: Palazzo Barberini

Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica: Palazzo Barberini information

Rome , Italy
Via delle Quattro Fontane 13
+390 6 3 28 10
Getting there
Metro: Barberini
More information
adult/reduced €7/3.50, incl Palazzo Corsini €9/4.50
Opening hours
8.30am-7pm Tue-Sun
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Commissioned to celebrate the Barberini family’s rise to papal power, Palazzo Barberini is a sumptuous baroque palace that impresses even before you go inside and start on the breathtaking art. Many highprofile architects worked on it, including rivals Bernini and Borromini: the former contributed a large squared staircase, the latter a helicoidal one.

Amid the masterpieces, don’t miss Pietro da Cortona’s Il Trionfo della Divina Provvidenza (Triumph of Divine Providence; 1632–39), the most spectacular of the palazzo’s ceiling frescoes in the 1st-floor main salon. Other must-sees include Hans Holbein’s famous portrait of a pugnacious Henry VIII (c 1540), Filippo Lippi’s luminous Annunciazione e due devoti (Annunciation with two Kneeling Donors) and Raphael’s La Fornarina (The Baker’s Girl), a portrait of his mistress who worked in a bakery in Trastevere. Works by Caravaggio include San Francesco d’Assisi in meditazione (St Francis in Meditation), Narciso (Narcissus; 1571–1610) and the mesmerisingly horrific Giuditta e Oloferne (Judith Beheading Holophernes; c 1597–1600).