Until yesterday afternoon, I had never heard of this remarkable museum, must less visited it. Now, it forms part of my Top Ten places to visit in the Eternal City. Here's why:
1. The Art: Just as all the reviews claim, this palazzo contains a mind-boggling amount of important art. If the Borghese and Barberini villas contain hundreds of paintings, then the Doria-Pamphilj contains thousands. Even if you only go to look at the museum's most famous painting of family ancestor Innocent X by Velazquez, it'll have been worth it.
2. The Acoustiguide: Narrated by a descendant of the Doria-Pamphilj family (which is still well-known in Italy today), the text is educational without being preachy. What a treat! And just as visitors to the Forum love to learn about how the ancient Romans lived, this Acoustiguide provides all sorts of touching anecdotes on life in what is apparently one of the largest private palazzi in the country.
3. The Faded Glory: You might notice that the silk-covered walls are slightly tattered or that the woodwork needs freshening up. But this is a living palace, with the descendants of the Doria-Pamphilj family still inhabiting the private quarters. To take in all there is to see here is to grasp what art collecting meant to a patrician family during the Renaissance. It isn't about acquisitiveness--it's an enduring testament to a family's pure love of art. The palazzo may appear worse for the wear, but you come to understand that the power of a painting is forever. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that a visit to this museum is the perfect way to end a trip to this remarkable city--you leave with a clearer understanding of what makes Rome "eternal"--it's simply the culmination of the lives, loves and interests of individuals whose legacy lies in the mundane and the glorious--from "simple" ancient artifacts to a private residence filled with art, ready to welcome anyone who has the time to visit.
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