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Piazzale del Museo Borghese 5
Tel. +39 06 8413979
Ticket reservation needed: Tel. +39 06 32810. See web page below for online booking.
Bus n°: 5, 19, 52, 53, 63, 86, 88, 92, 95, 116, 204, 217, 231, 360,490, 491, 495, 630, 910, 926
Underground Line A: Piazza di Spagna stop (follow the signs Villa Borghese - Via Veneto)
Hours: Monday: closed. Tuesday to Sunday: from 8.30 a.m. to 7.30 p.m. Closed the 1st of January, 25th of December. Access up to half hour before the closing time.
Museum has one of the best art collections in Rome. The Villa Borghese was
built for Cardinal Scipione Borghese by Vasanzio between 1613 and 1615.
Cardinal Scipione collected works of ancient and Renaissance art and he enjoyed
antique sculpture. He promoted new sculpture that would rival antique
sculpture. Today the collection has some of the best masterpieces of Italian
sculpture of the 17th and 18th century. The great hall
has the busts of 12 Emperors that were sculpted by Giovanni Battista Della
Porta in the 16th century. There are four rooms dedicated to the
works of Bernini. Among Bernini’s works are Apollo and Daphne, David,
Pluto and Proserpina, and Truth Unveiled by Time. There is a statue of Pauline Bonaparte that was created by Canova between 1805 and 1808. In the sculpture she poses as Venus Victorious.
The Pope gave Cardinal Scipione 107 paintings in 1607 that had been confiscated from the painter Giuseppe Cesari.
Among the paintings are Titian's Sacred and Profane Love, Raphael's Deposition, Raphael’s Woman with Unicorn, and Caravaggio's Jerome. Caravaggio is represented with 6 paintings, and among them are Madonna of the Palafrenieri, and David with the Head of Goliath. In 1682, part of Olimpia Aldobrandini's inheritance became part of the Borghese collection and this included works from the collections of Cardinal Salviati and Lucrezia d'Este. In 1827 Prince Camillo bought Correggios' celebrated Danäe in Paris.
No photography is allowed in the museum.