Palazzo Corsini - National Gallery of Ancient Art

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Anton Van Dyck at Palazzo Corsini - National Gallery of Ancient Art

The palace was built in 15th century by cardinal Girolamo Riario. After it was enlarged by Julius II, the palace came in the phase of its prosperity , as here made the residences in 1668-1689, the queen Christina of Sweden, who transformed the palace in the center of Roman cultural life. The Palazzo Corsini, formerly known as Palazzo Riario, is a 15th century palace that was rebuilt in the 18th century by architect Ferdinando Fuga for Cardinal Neri Maria Corsini.

Palazzo Corsini at Lungara, Rome
In 1732-1736 Palazzo was amplified by F.Fuga for the family of Corsini, who were of Florentine origins, they gave the pope of the century Clement XII. In 1797 the palace hosted Giuseppe Bonaparte; it was also a witness of the death of general Duphot, killed during the popular uprising close to the Porta Settimiana.

In the palace were held the famous Gallery and Library Corsini. It remained as the base for the future Library of the Accademia dei Lincei placed here in 1883, as a result of purchasing the palace by state. From the other side, the pictures of the Gallery Corsini, began in 18th century by the cardinal Neri Maria Corsini, represent the heart of the collection of the National Gallery of Ancient Art (Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica), built in 1895, which could be found at the moment in its new seat in Palazzo Barberini.

Now in the palace remained the part of the collection with the works of 17th and 18th centuries. The queen Christina had her own alchemic laboratory where she herself was trying to create the philosophic stone. The green part on the slope of Gianicolo (or Janiculum) now is occupied by the Orto botanico dell'Universita' (botanic gardens).

Today is the seat of the Accademia dei Lincei and houses one of the most prestigious collections of the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica, or National Gallery of Ancient Art comprising marbles, sculptures and paintings. Most of its gardens are part of the Botanical Garden.

National Gallery of Ancient Art (Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica)

The Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica, or National Gallery of Ancient Art, is an art gallery in Rome, Italy, located on two sites: the Palazzo Barberini and the Palazzo Corsini. The collection, formed in the XVIII century, although composed from various sources mostly originating from the Corsini family (above all from the collection of cardinal Lorenzo), is unique in the sense that it is still intact today. It shows clearly the taste of Neri Corsini, nephew of the Pope Clement XII. In 1883 the Palace was sold to the Italian State with its collection, which thus formed the basis of the National Gallery of Ancient Art and only recently has been replaced in its original site.

The Corsini collection that constitutes one of the funds of the National Gallery of Ancient Art, is the only Roman eighteenth century collection of marbles, statues, and paintings that was conserved intact. Its pieces testify the classic and anti-baroque trends of the first half of the eighteenth century. The collection consists of sculptures of the Roman Age, neoclassic statues, small eighteenth century bronzes and furniture, paintings by seventeenth-eighteenth century authors from the Roman, Neapolitan, and Bolognese schools with important groups of landscape painters. The best known authors include Frà Angelico (Last Judgement), P.P. Rubens (St. Sebastian cured by the Angels), Guido Reni (Salome with the head of the Baptist), Guercino (Ecce Homo), Caravaggio (St. John the Baptist), Annibale Carracci, Mattia Preti. In addition to the Gallery the Palace also houses the prestigious Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, institution founded in 1603.

Museum shop: Situated on the first floor, carries several guide books, art books, catalogues, postcards, posters and items inspired by and dedicated to the masterpieces of the Gallery.

Restrictions: - It is forbidden to take photographs and videos, to smoke within the Gallery, to eat inside the Gallery, to enter the Gallery with umbrellas, bags, packs and other luggage that should be left in the cloakroom.

Palazzo Corsini - National Gallery of Ancient Art
Via della Lungara, 19
00165, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Trastevere (Gianicolo) (Roma centro)
Palazzo Corsini - National Gallery of Ancient Art is Shown By "Map G Zone" As "15"
Bus: 65, 23, 280, 170, 717, 75, 44, 60, 56, 181
Hours: Palazzo Corsini is open wi the same hours as the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica-Palazzo Corsini (National Gallery of Ancient Art). National Gallery of Ancient Art hours is Tuesday-Sunday: 8.30 am - 7.30 pm. Closed: Monday, December 25, January 1. Museum shop hours are the same as those of the ticket office. Notes: The ticket office closes 30 minutes before closing time.
Ticket and Booking Fee: Full: €4.00, Gratuito fino a 18 e oltre 65 anni UE: €0.00. Reduced: €2.00.
Telephone: 0039 06 68802323
Fax: 0039 06 68133192
Tel. and Fax For Booking: +39 0632810
Groups booking and Fax For Booking: fax +39 06 32651329
Fax For Guided tours: + 39 06 8555952
Museum Shop Tel.: +39 06 6874845
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