Villa Borghese is one of the most loved parks in Rome by its' inhabitants, but also by its tourists.At Villa Borghese they hold events and shows, but you can find yourself there simply for a walk, to spend a Sunday afternoon, for brunch or to do some sport..
One thing not to be missed at Villa Borghese, is the Borghese Gallery.You can find it at Piazzale Scipione Borghese, 5 .The Gallery is open Tuesday - Sunday, from 9am - 7 pm, with last entrance into the Gallery at 5pm. The ticket costs 10,50 euro, inclusive and the reduced price costs 7,euro
How to get there: Metro Line A- get off at Flaminio or Spagna, By Bus inside Villa Borghese: Line 116, or by the buses that cross the Villa-88,95,490, 495
The Borghese Gallery is a very important museum in Rome that came to be in the 16th century, thanks to the collected acquisitions of these works of art from the Borghese family. In 1902, the estate became the property of the State. Antique Renaissance and Contemporary art that recalls Scipione Borghese, with a new Golden era.
With the help of an incoming cardinal they were able to acquire new marble sculptures , with a group of them lined up, amongst the antique works of art. Numerous masterpieces are considered worthy of this collection in the museum, such as the works of Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Agnolo Bronzino, Antonio Canova, Caravaggio, Raffaello, Rubens, Tiziano.
The distinct and important talent of the Bernini sculptures and the canvases of Caravaggio that the gallery houses, make the gallery unparalleled in the world. Inside its' grounds, therefore , there are works of treasure, by the most important artists of the 1500's and the 1600's. To mention just a few, The Deposition by Raffaello, The Paolina Bonaparte by Canova, The Danea by Correggio , La Madonna dei Palafrenieri by Caravaggio, Venus and Love by Cranach, Sacred Love and Unholy Love by Tiziano, Apollo and Daphne by Bernini and The Hunt for Diana by Domenichino.
In the first years of the 19th century, a work of art by Canova was achieved in the portrait of Paolina Bonaparte Borghese as Venus was the winner and preserved in the Villa from the beginning of the 19th century.
Sculptured commission by the husband of Paolina Bonaparte, the sister of Napolean, commendably embodies the Neo-classic concept, from the beauty and grace, as ideal values are derived by the perfect meeting between art and nature.
The apple that is held in the left hand returns to the myth that sees Venus contend with the scepter in one of the most beautiful competitions between two goddesses. The story sees the winner by the justice of Paride, awarding the famous Golden apple.
A room dedicated entirely to this splendid portrait, lets you admire from different angles, the smoothness of the marble, shining in its pink tones bestowing extreme realism to the composition.
A large part of these works, for sheer size or value, cannot be transferred for temporary shows in other museums. In order to permit an in depth analysis of these artists, , the project "Ten Shows" was born. It deals with 10 large one artist shows, in 10 years, combining for the first time the masterpieces from the Borghese collection, prestigiously loaned to the major museums and institutions of the world.. It is a project begun in 2006, continued yearly, and in 2013 the show for the artist Dosso Dossi is planned, to be followed by Domenichino in 2014 and Bernini in 2015. These dates are not to be missed.