Sunday, September 25, 2016

PALACE OF THE MINISTRY OF TRANSPORTATION

PALAZZO DEL MINISTERO DEI TRASPORTI

1927 Pompeo Passerini (1875/?) in the area of the demolished Villa Patrizi
In the garden “Monument to the railwaymen who died for their country” 1930 by Arturo Dazzi (1881/1966)
It is now one of the two office buildings of the MINISTRY OF INFRASTRUCTURE AND TRANSPORTATION

PALACE OF THE MINISTRY OF PUBLIC WORKS

PALAZZO DEL MINISTERO DEI LAVORI PUBBLICI

1911/25 Pompeo Passerini (1875/?)
The construction was completed in 1931
It is now one of the two office buildings of the MINISTRY OF INFRASTRUCTURE AND TRANSPORTATION

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

PALACE OF THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

PALAZZO DEL MINISTERO DEGLI ESTERI

Also known as La Farnesina from the name of the area that was property of the Farnese family
Begun in 1938 as Palazzo del Littorio (Palace of the Lictor, the officer bearing the fasces in ancient Rome) by Enrico Del Debbio (1891/1973), Arnaldo Foschini (1884/1968) and Vittorio Ballio Morpurgo (1890/1966)
Discontinued in 1943 due to the war and completed in 1956
“In a sense, it resumed the self-contradictions of Italian architecture towards the end of the thirties, when the stimuli and the openings to a renewal that had seemed possible in some cases, were in fact undermined and resized by the monumental involution of rhetorical and representative architecture desired by the fascist regime” (Enrico Valeriani - Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani Treccani)
In front of the palace FOUNTAIN by Enrico Del Debbio with “Big Sphere” 1968 by Arnaldo Pomodoro (1926)
PIAZZA DELLA FARNESINA (Farnesina Square) driveway opened in the years 1998/2002 by Umberto Riva (1928)
It is the largest palace in Rome with about 1,200 rooms on 120,000 square meters (29.6 acres) and 720,000 cubic meters (25.4 million cubic feet)
The cubic square footage is similar to that of the Royal Palace of Caserta and they share tied the record for the largest palace of Italy
Ceilings of the main rooms decorated with gilded stucco by the Hungarian Amerigo Tot (1909/84) and by Alberto Bevilacqua and with wood by Giorgio Quaroni (1907/60)
Since 2000, it houses a collection of Italian contemporary art with over 200 works including paintings, sculptures, mosaics and installations

PALACE OF THE NEWSPAPER MESSAGGERO

PALAZZO DEL MESSAGGERO

1910/15 Arturo Pazzi (XIX/XX centuries) as Hotel Select
It is the seat since 1920 of Il Messaggero, the best-selling newspaper in Rome

Monday, September 19, 2016

GRILLO NICOLIS DE ROBILANT PALACE

PALAZZO DEL GRILLO NICOLIS DE ROBILANT

1675 for the marquis Cosmo del Grillo
It incorporated the TORRE MILIZIOLA (Small Militia Tower) of 1223 maybe by Marchionne Aretino. The tower is so called to distinguish it from the nearby larger Torre delle Milizie (Militia Tower)
In the nineteenth century it became the property of the Nicolis de Robilant family that raised the palace by adding the roof garden
It hosted the studio of the Sicilian painter Renato Guttuso (1911/87) who died here and it was the home of the soprano Anna Moffo
In the GARDEN there are five fountains: Vessel, Crouching Figures, Neptune and two fountains with Mascheroni (big masks)

Saturday, September 17, 2016

PALACE OF THE OLD GOVERNMENT

1473/77 for Cardinal Stefano Nardini appointed governor of Rome by Pope Paul II Barbo (1464/71)
It is also known as Palazzo Nardini
Cardinal Nardini donated it in 1475 to the Pio Ospedale del Salvatore in Laterano (Devout Hospital of the Saviour at the Lateran) to use it as headquarters of the Academy of Arts and Humanities
In 1624 the Hospital of the Savior gave the palace to the Apostolic Chamber for Urban VIII Barberini (1623/44) had decided to use it as the seat of the Governor of Rome
In 1755 Benedict XIV Lambertini (1740/58) moved all the offices in the new Government Palace, i.e. Palazzo Madama, and Palazzo Nardini became the Palazzo del Governo Vecchio (Palace of the Old Government), whose name was later transferred also to the street
From 1870 it was the seat of the Pretura Civile (District Civil Court)
Since 1964 it belongs to the city of Rome and it is abandoned and awaiting resettlement
In 1977 the film Doppio Delitto (Double Murder) was shot here, with Marcello Mastroianni, Peter Ustinov and Ursula Andress from the book Doppia morte al Governo Vecchio (Double Death at the Old Government)

Thursday, September 15, 2016

PALACE OF THE BANNER

PALAZZO DEL GONFALONE

1827 Giuseppe Valadier (1762/1839) for Leo XII Sermattei (1823/29) as PRISON for young minors who were confined in forty cells
It was no longer used as a prison since 1854 for its limited capacity and the young prisoners were transferred to the former Monastery of S. Balbina
Museo Criminologico
Museum of Criminality
Open since 1975
Renovated in 1994 after fifteen years of closure
On display there are tools with which crimes were carried out and also instruments of pain and torture, including:
Infamous “Iron Maiden”
“Coat of Mastro Titta” the notorious Roman executioner
“Guillotine of Castel Sant'Angelo” used for the first time in 1810 during the Napoleonic domination. Only in the first three years it cut as many as 56 heads. It was also used by the Papal State from 1816. The last execution by guillotine at the behest of the Pope took place in 1870 in Palestrina
“Axe for decapitation” found near Castel Sant'Angelo
“Sword of Justice” probably the one that beheaded the poor Beatrice Cenci in 1599
Bodies of evidence of some famous robberies in Italy after World War Two
Macabre skeleton of a woman of about 30 years of age, who lived in the sixteenth century, found in 1933 in a cell tower in Poggio Catino in the province of Rieti. The identity of the woman is unknown but she was bound hand and foot and probably died of starvation
“Brain and skull of Giovanni Passannante” author in 1878 of a failed assassination attempt on the King of Italy Umberto I
“Cage of Milazzo” found in 1928 in the castle of Milazzo in Sicily with skeleton probably of the British soldier Andrew Leonard of 25 years of age. In 1806, during the Napoleonic wars, he was probably condemned for desertion to the cutting of hands and feet and he was exhibited in the cage
“Objects which belonged to the bandit Giuliano” killed in Sicily in 1950

Saturday, September 10, 2016

GALLO DI ROCCAGIOVINE PALACE

PALAZZO DEL GALLO DI ROCCAGIOVINE

1520/27 Baldassarre Peruzzi (1481/1536) for Ugo Spina
Renovated about 1720 by the brilliant Alessandro Specchi (1668/1729) for Alessandro Pighini and formerly known as Palazzo Pighini
Since the nineteenth century it is owned by the Gallo di Roccagiovine family still living in the building
A recent restoration has brought back the original sky color typical of many eighteenth-century buildings, unfortunately, often darkened by layers of paint applied in the nineteenth century
In the courtyard there is a spectacular staircase over three floors that the genius of Alessandro Specchi wanted visible and external, breaking with the tradition of noble staircases not visible and internal

Friday, September 9, 2016

RECREATIONAL CLUB FOR RAILWAYS WORKERS

PALAZZO DEL DOPOLAVORO FERROVIARIO

1925/29 Angiolo Mazzoni Del Grande (1894/1979) and Efisio Vodret
External decorations by Attilio Selva (1888/1970), Pietro Melandri (1885/1976) and Napoleone Martinuzzi (1892/1977)
Interior decorations by Pietro Vigni and Pietro Melandri
It is partly occupied by the TEATRO ITALIA active with drama, opera and ballet
“Mazzoni was considered a Futurist architect especially for his polychromy and his 'polimateria' as he used to describe a wide range of materials and colors used for his accomplishments. (...) In fact, the experimentation and the variety of figurative results that characterize the work of Mazzoni make it difficult to reduce his language to a single common denominator. Proof of this is his particular method adopted in the preparation and presentation of projects; usually he would propose a series of solutions in different styles: classicist for the regime, traditionalist required by the local administrations, modern according to his personal sensitivity” (Alessandra Capanna - Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani Treccani)

Thursday, September 8, 2016

PALACE OF THE BANK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

PALAZZO DEL BANCO DI S. SPIRITO

1521/25 Antonio Cordini aka Antonio da Sangallo the Younger (1483/1546)
Formerly known as Palazzo della Zecca (Palace of the Mint)
Statues on the façade “Charity” and “Abundance”
“Accentuated interests in spatial urban function with the assertion of a vigorous and non-inert 'classical' style inspired by Bramante and Raphael appear in the façade of the Mint, certainly conceived for viewers coming from Ponte S. Angelo. (...) Cordini exhibits a controlled search of novelty and monumental expression animated by the concavity of the front and showing proportional contrasts in the definition of linguistic elements and decorations. (...) Despite some uncertainties, a finally reached maturity, in the full domain of his personal language, characterizes this work generally considered by the scholars as one of the highest expressions of Cordini's activity” (Arnaldo Bruschi - Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani Treccani)
The mint remained here until 1541 and the building was thereafter known as Zecca vecchia (Old Mint)
In 1667 it became the headquarters of the BANCO DI SANTO SPIRITO (Bank of the Holy Spirit) changing name with internal adjustments by Giovanni Tommaso Ripoli for the new function
The Banco di Santo Spirito was founded in 1605 by Paul V Borghese (1605/21): it offered rudimentary banking services but it gained a huge success having as guarantee the funds of the nearby Ospedale S. Spirito (Hospital of the Holy Spirit)
It is still a bank today with a branch of Unicredit which incorporated the Banco di S. Spirito

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

PALACE OF THE HOLY APOSTLES

PALAZZO DEI SS. APOSTOLI

1478/80 Giuliano Giamberti aka Giuliano da Sangallo (1445/1516) for Cardinal Giuliano Della Rovere who later became Pope Julius II (1503/13)
The first dates back to the end of the fifteenth century
The second to the years 1503/12:
Fine marble relief inserted in the wall “Annunciation to the Shepherds, Nativity and Lavender of Christ” by an anonymous sculptor of the fifteenth century
“Fountain” by Domenico Fontana (1543/1607)
“Cenotaph of Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475/1564 )” who had his first tomb in the adjacent Basilica of the Holy Apostles
The recumbent figure is, in fact, maybe the philosopher Ferdinando Eustachio who died in 1594
On February 18, 1564 the funeral of Michelangelo Buonarroti took place in the Basilica of the Holy Apostles. Eighteen days after the funeral, his nephew Leonardo stole the body and carried it in a cart covered with cloths to Florence, where it was buried in the church of Santa Croce

Friday, September 2, 2016

PALACE OF THE CONFESSORS

PALAZZO DEI PENITENZIERI

Begun in about 1480 maybe by Baccio Pontelli (about 1450/92) for Cardinal Domenico Della Rovere from Turin, distant cousin of Sixtus IV Della Rovere (1471/84)
It hosted the King of France Charles VIII in 1495
After the death of Domenico Della Rovere in 1501 it went to Cardinal Francesco Alidosi who, suspected of treason, was assassinated in 1511 by the Duke of Urbino Francesco Maria Della Rovere, who later lived in the palace himself
Later it belonged to Cardinal Giovanni Salviati
It took its present name for the confessors transferred here by Alexander VII Chigi (1655/67)
Now it is the HOTEL COLUMBUS and the headquarters of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem
Ceiling of the ROOM OF THE DEMIGODS in the right wing with frescoes of mythological figures maybe by Bernardino di Betto aka Pinturicchio (1454/1513) who had also painted the façade with decorations now obviously disappeared
In the other four rooms on the first floor decorations also maybe by Pinturicchio and his school
On the second floor ROOM OF APOLLO with fresco in the ceiling “Apollo driving the horses of the Sun” painted in 1552 maybe by Francesco de' Rossi aka Francesco Salviati (1510/63) for Cardinal Giovanni Salviati

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

PALACE OF THE MINISTRY OF TREASURE

PALAZZO DEI MINISTERI DEL TESORO E BILANCIO

1872/78 Raffaele Canevari (1828/1900)
Formerly known as PALAZZO DEL MINISTERO DELLE FINANZE (Palace of the Ministry of Finance)
FAÇADE ON VIA XX SETTEMBRE di Pietro Costa (1849/1901)
Finished only in 1881 for the identification and cataloging of the archaeological structures that were found, including remains of the Servian Wall and the Porta Collina (Collina Gate)
During the work there were many accidents with some workers dead and seventy injured: this gave the building the nickname of Palazzone delle Disgrazie (The big Palace of Misfortune)
It covers 36,000 m² (8.9 acres) of occupied area
It was the first ministry to be built in Rome as new capital of Italy
“The slowness of the works and the fact that it exceeded largely the budgeted costs were considered a disgrace by the public opinion, which saw in the palace the first and largest architectural work of the new Italian capital. The façade design was carried out by L. Martinori, who also designed the sculptural cycle of large curved gables started in 1876 together with the sculptor Garofoli. F. Pieroni designed the central courtyard with the fountain” (Guido Miano - Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani Treccani)
Frescoes by Domenico Bruschi (1840/1910) and Cecrope Barilli (1839/1911)
YELLOW ROOM
Frescoes by Cesare Mariani (1826/1901)
In this room the first ever Council of the Italian Ministers, to be held in Rome, met
Museo Numismatico della Zecca Italiana
Numismatic Museum of the Italian Mint
On the first floor
It contains about 20,000 works: over 10,000 coins exhibited in thirty-seven showcases, about 7000 medals, objects regarding coinage and models in wax
One room is dedicated to Benedetto Pistrucci (1784/1855) who made 425 models in wax for medals and cameos kept in the museum. He carried out most of his activities in London at the Royal Mint, where he made the gold sterling of which the museum displays the original model
Ninety-six models in wax for papal medals by Giuseppe Bianchi (1808/77) and his son Francesco Bianchi (1842/1918)
Monumento a Silvio Spaventa
Monument to Silvio Spaventa
In Piazza delle Finanze in the garden on the left
1898 Giulio Tadolini (1849/1918)
Silvio Spaventa was minister of finance in the years 1873/76
Monumento a Quintino Sella
Monument to Quintino Sella
In Piazza delle Finanze in the garden on the right
1893 Ettore Ferrari (1845/1929) with allegorical group “Law” and “Genius of Finance”
Quintino Sella was the Finance Minister who achieved a balanced budget at the cost of tax increases, including the tax on flour
He was an experienced mountaineer and founded in 1863 the Club Alpino Italiano (Italian Alpine Club)

Monday, August 29, 2016

PALACE OF THE FOLLOWERS OF St. PHILIP NERI

PALAZZO DEI FILIPPINI

Construction begun in 1621 on the site of the destroyed church of St. Cecilia
1637/43 by the brilliant Francesco Borromini (1599/1667) with Paolo Marucelli (1594/1649), who later quit, for the Congregation of St. Philip Neri (1515/95)
“At the request of the congregation, the façade was not covered in stone, so that it was not in competition with the nearby church. Borromini therefore developed a new and extremely subtle technique that allowed the finer graduations and an absolute precision of detail” (Rudolf Wittkower)
“The main façade, originally facing a measured triangular piazza, arises from afar as a replica of the façade of the church built by Rughesi. But as one approaches it, the analogy turns out to be false appearance and the attempt (...) to distinguish hierarchically the oratory from the church, making it less ornate, turns out to be totally frustrated by an extraordinary density and intensity of images that immediately makes Borromini's building the real star of the surrounding space” (Paolo Portoghesi)
1650/56 wings toward Via di Monte Giordano and Via della Chiesa Nuova by Camillo Arcucci (active from 1646/d. 1667)
ORATORY (or Sala Borromini)
1637/40 by Francesco Borromini
It was here that the musical form known as Oratorio (an opera with a sacred theme, little action and limited drama) which was adopted by the congregation of St. Philip Neri as a liturgical instrument
At the center of the stucco decoration of the vault “Divine Wisdom” 1788 by Pietro Angeletti (about 1737/98)
Altar “St. Cecilia and St. Philip Neri in contemplation of the Madonna in Glory” in 1665 by the Sienese Raffaello Vanni (1587/1673)
REFECTORY with two marble washstand by Borromini
“Borromini conceived the distribution of the various rooms based on the already tested functionality criteria and representative consistency: there is in fact, says Paolo Portoghesi, a courtly tone in communal areas and a resigned and friendly one in the rooms for the private residence” (Carlo Bertelli, Giuliano Briganti, Antonio Giuliano)
1647/49 by Francesco Borromini
Aedicula below the clock in mosaic 1657 maybe by Pietro Berrettini aka Pietro da Cortona (1597/1669)
“The urban layout, as background of Via dei Banchi (Benches Street), a road that was familiar to him, because it was where Carlo Maderno lived, suggested the idea of ​​a tower, designed to accommodate a large public clock. Vertical volume of the tower is continuity in the facade below to display the powerful vertical bands which provide a first grand rhythm of partitions. Borromini within this frame designs mirrors repeated grouping using different elements and, on the effect of mild graduated shots surface, set the silver chiaroscuro bending the system of the Mannerist order in swaddling clothes, laid in front of the Collegio Romano, a new rhythmic combinations” (Paolo Portoghesi)
ROMAN NEWSPAPER AND MAGAZINES LIBRARY
COLLECTION OF ROMAN NEWSPAPERS
HISTORICAL CAPITOLINE ARCHIVE
“Miracle of St. Agnes” in stucco by Alessandro Algardi (1598/1654)
ROMAN LIBRARY
“Encounter of S. Leo the Great with Attila” 1648 in stucco by Alessandro Algardi, model in actual size of the masterpiece in the Chapel of the Column of the Basilica of St. Peter
VALLICELLIANA LIBRARY
The oldest olibrary pen to the public in Rome with 118,000 volumes and 2500 manuscripts
Hall dating back to the years 1642/44 by Francesco Borromini
“Divine Wisdom surrounded by stars and emblems of the Doctors of the Church” by Giovanni Francesco Romanelli (1610/62) from Viterbo, a pupil of Pietro da Cortona
ROMAN SOCIETY OF ITALIAN HISTORY

Sunday, August 28, 2016

PALACE OF THE ONES ABOUT TO CONVERT

PALAZZO DEI CONVERTENDI

Built as PALAZZO CAPRINI in the years 1501/10 by Donato Bramante (1444/1514) for the Spinola family from Genoa
Originally it used to face the now disappeared Piazza Scossacavalli and it was also known as PALACE OF RAPHAEL because it was the house where Raffaello Sanzio (Raphael) (1483/1520) lived in the last years of his life and where he died
As the nearby Palazzo Branconio Dell'Aquila by Raphael it became a founding prototype of Renaissance civil architecture that had many imitations and also inspired Andrea Palladio
In the second half of the sixteenth century a new building was built that incorporated the old which was known in the seventeenth century as Palazzo dei Convertendi for the hospice established here by Cardinal Girolamo Gastaldi in favor of the heretics who wanted to become Catholics and here were subjected to a renewed catechesis
In 1938 it was destroyed and rebuilt rotated of 90° with only the central balcony and the ashlar around the door that resemble the original
It is owned by the Holy See and it is home to the Congregation for the Oriental Churches

Friday, August 26, 2016

CONVENTIONS PALACE

PALAZZO DEI CONGRESSI

1938/43 Adalberto Libera (1903/63) who was able to complete it only in the years 1952/54 because of the war
1988/93 reconsolidated and restructured by Antonio Gallo Curcio (1932) e Paolo Portoghesi (1931)
It was originally built with reinforced concrete and a monumental façade in travertine marble
“It is divided by the superposition of two pure volumes, respectively a parallelepiped and a cube (...). It reaches the peak of the balance between modern composition and classical purity” (Giorgio Muratore)
“Among the buildings of the E42 made ​​for the competitions, the Palace of the Conventions was the only one who has succeeded in a modern interpretation of the constraints imposed by the competition itself. One should remember that Libera tried in every way to prevent the insertion of columns in the façade, but in the end he had to work out a compromise solution in which the columns, however, assume an abstract stylization and don't have any capitals” (Piero Ostilio Rossi)
ATRIUM
Frescoes “Origins of Rome” 1953 by Achille Funi (1890/1972) covered with panels by Gino Severini (1883/1966)
CONFERENCE HALL
Restored by Paolo Portoghesi (1931)
In the CAFETERIA there are mosaics by Angelo Canevari (1901/55)
Here took place the fencing competitions of the Olympic Games in Rome in 1960
In 1977 a terrorist attack damaged it on the eve of a conference of the right-wing Italian party Movimento Sociale Italiano

Thursday, August 25, 2016

PALACE FOR OFFICES OF THE "PEOPLE'S BANK OF MILAN"

PALAZZO DEGLI UFFICI DELLA BANCA POPOLARE DI MILANO

1972/73 by Luigi Moretti (1907/73) with the collaboration of Carlo Zacutti
It was one of the last works of the great Roman architect who expressed himself here in a style known as “international” very contrasting with the nineteenth-century buildings of the square, with the Mannerist Porta del Popolo and with the ancient Aurelian Walls
“Through the decorative invention and the refinement of coatings, not only Moretti testifies and investigates the possible wisdoms of tradition, but he triggers a powerful mechanism of dematerialization, calls into question the meaning of the architectural structure itself, reaching an aura of metaphysical abstraction” (Maristella Casciato)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

EXAMINATIONS PALACE

PALAZZO DEGLI ESAMI

1912 Edmondo Del Bufalo (1883/1968)
Art Nouveau style building intended for exams for government executives
In 2002 began the renovation that lasted about three years but have not finished. The scaffolding remained until 2012, but there is mystery about the intended use
Maybe it will eventually be the headquarters of the Italian secret services formerly SISDE and, since 2007, AISI
The aura of secrecy that has surrounded this building for ten years has fueled controversy on the waste of public money and the evident inefficiency and alleged criminal activities of those who manage the public administration in Italy

Monday, August 22, 2016

DE SANGRO PALACE

About 1575. It was completed in the second half of the seventeenth century
The architects' names are unknown
Formerly known as Palazzo Boncompagni Corcos from the name of the first owners of the original building, the Corcos, a Jewish family who converted and took up the name Boncompagni
It became property of the De Sangro family that had it built in its present form
At the end of the eighteenth century it returned back to the Boncompagni family that, at the beginning of the nineteenth century, joined the seventeenth-century building to a new building with connected courtyards
The sinuous WINDOWS are among the most beautiful in Rome

DE CAROLIS PALACE

PALAZZO DE CAROLIS

1714/24 Alessandro Specchi (1668/1729) for Livio De Carolis bourgeois scion of a wealthy family of merchants of grain who wanted to build his palace next to those of the patrician families
The exorbitant cost of the construction contributed to the ruin of the family who was forced to put the building up for auction
It passed in 1750 to the Jesuits who gave it to rent to famous people
It was from 1769 the French Embassy and with Cardinal François-Joachim de Bernis it was the site of parties and beautiful banquets that gave to the French cardinal the popular nickname of King of Rome
Later it belonged to the Simonetti and Boncompagni Ludovisi families
In 1833 the attic was added and the cornice was modified
The building belongs since 1908 to the BANCA DI ROMA and it was enlarged and adapted by Pio Piacentini (1846/1928). He covered the courtyard that became the hall of the bank and changed some of the rooms in Art Nouveau style
Wonderful SPIRAL STAIRCASE by Alessandro Specchi considered one of the wonders of Rome
On the external left end side “Speaking Statue of a Porter” one of the six of Rome, to which anonymous messages were posted
It dates back to the time of Gregory XIII Boncompagni (1572/85) although it is erroneously attributed by popular tradition to Michelangelo Buonarroti
In the courtyard there is a cannonball fired by the French in 1849 embedded in the second floor
The lower stretch of Via del Collegio Romano was named after Alessandro Specchi only in 1980, an incredible delay in making a toponymic tribute to the gigantic but unfortunately underestimated Roman architect
“Citing the close-by Palazzo d'Aste of which it repeats the decorative windows and the corner solution, perhaps at the suggestion of the client who wanted a house clearly inspired by the traditional type of mansion” (Paolo Portoghesi)
Rooms of the first floor with ceilings painted by some of the best painters working in Rome in the early eighteenth century:
GALLERY
Now used as a library
“Triptych Bacchus, Venus and Ceres” by Giuseppe Chiari (1654/1727)
“Diana and her Companions” by Benedetto Luti (1666/1724)
“Chariot of Apollo with Aurora and Muses” by Luigi Garzi (1638/1721)
HALL OF MINERVA
“Allegory of caste Love with passionate Love represented by Minerva who takes away Youth from Venus and give it to Hercules symbol of strength and virtue” and “Venus and Vulcan” by Francesco Trevisani (1656/1746) from Istria
“At age 21 he moved to Rome. Here he studied the works of Carraci, was inspired by Correggio and attended the circle of Carlo Maratta. He had a good success as the representative of Venetian Rococo style. He produced altarpieces with very pathetic tones, but he was also appreciated as a very precise portrait painter and for his vast landscape scenes, which are the background of historical or mythological events” (Consorzio La Venaria Reale - www.lavenaria.it)
“Allegory of the arts and wisdom” by Sebastiano Conca (1680/1764)
“Aurora” by Andrea Procaccini (1671/1734)
More paintings by Domenico Maria Muratori (1661/1742), Ludovico Mazzanti (1686/1775) and Giovanni Odazzi (1663/1731)