"Palazzo Pamphilj (Pamphili), Brazilian Embassy in Rome" submitted by RomeTour Editorial Team and last updated on Monday 13th June 2011
Palazzo Pamphilj, also spelled Palazzo Pamphili was built for the Pamphili family by G.Rainaldi, who incorporated in the palace the houses of the family and a church of S.Agnese. The works continued from 1644 till 1650. Interior of the palace is rich with paintings and stuccoes; but an important collection of the antique statues was lost. Of exceptional interest is a long Galleria di Pietro da Cortona built by Borromini and decorated by P.da Cortona with the "Story of Aeneas" on the vault. Sala Palestrina is a magnificent example of Borromini's architecture, using the minimum of surface decoration. The busts are by A.Algardi.
Starting from 1857 until 1877 the noble floor was occupied by Accademia Filarmonica Romana, which was followed by Societa' Musicale Romana.
All the halls on the first floor of the palace are decorated with frescoes of typical 17th century taste. Among them are the series of landscapes by G.Dughet and marine views by Tassi. Palazzo Pamphili was a residence of donna Olimpia Maidalchini Pamphili, sister-in-law of Innocent X, who despotically dominated Rome.
The history of the palace is presented as inextricably linked to the social milieu of the early modern papal court and the development of piazza Navona and the city. From the vicissitudes of this story arise broader issues: building as identity, architecture and social ritual, artistic collaboration, women patrons, and the collective memories of sites.
In 1961 Palazzo Pamphilj in Piazza Navona (now part of the Brazilian ambassador's private residence) became the property of Federative Republic of Brazil and houses its Embassy in Rome (Ambasciata del Brasile), which settled here already in 1920 together with "Casa do Brasil".
Confusingly, until the unification of the Doria and Pamphilj surnames both palazzi were known as Palazzo Pamphilj, or in the case of today's Doria Pamphilj sometimes "Palazzo Pamfilio". Both spellings Pamphilj and Pamphili are in common Italian usage, even though the family prefers Pamphilj. Also see: Doria Pamphilj (Pamphili) Museum Gallery In Palazzo Doria Pamphilj (Pamphili) and Villa Doria Pamphili (Pamphilj): Museum, Casino, Theatre, Fountains, Chapel And Garden
Palazzo Pamphilj (Pamphili), Brazilian Embassy in Rome
Piazza Navona, 14
Facing onto the Piazza Navona, next to the church of Sant'Agnese in Agone
00186, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Parione (Navona-Campo de' Fiori) (Roma centro)
Palazzo Pamphilj (Pamphili), Brazilian Embassy in Rome is Shown By "Map H Zone" As "56"
Bus: 70 - 81 - 87 - 116 - 116T - 186 - 204 - 492 - 628
Tel: 06 683981
Fax: 06 6867858
Email: i...@ambrasile.it or cult...@ambrasile.it
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