Palazzo Spada & Its Spada Gallery

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Palazzo Spada & Its Spada Gallery

This is one of the most magnificent constructions of the Roman baroque, with a facade (1556-1560, by G.Mazzoni) and a courtyard in which the usual monochrome decorations were substituted by stucco relieves of exceptional taste and numerous niches with statues.

The palace was built for cardinal Girolamo Capodiferro in 1540 by Giulio Merisi da Caravaggio. In 1632 it passed to cardinal Bernardino Spada. The latter had Borromini (who was a friend of the Spada) to decorate the palace and build a great staircase.
Palazzo Capodiferro Spada, Piazza Capo di Ferro
Borromini also added an ingenious trompe l'oeil perspective on the south side (visible from the courtyard through a large glass window of the library), which was projected by a priest Giovanni Maria da Bitonto. This makes use of the waste space (8 meters) between the Spada garden and the adjoining Palazzo Massari. The Dimension of the tunnel is visually multiplied more than four times through the use of light and spacing of the columns.
Palazzo Spada
The Palazzo Capodiferro Spada (Capodiferro Spada Palace) is composed of admirable halls frescoed by the artists of Michelangelo's and Raphael's school. In the major hall are some beautiful perspectives of Bologna's school; here is also a colossal statue of Pompey, at the foot of which is thought that Caesar was murdered. But in reality it represents an unknown hero, and was found in 1552 in the wall of Via dei Leutari, and was presented to cardinal Capodiferro by Julius III.
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Spada Gallery (Galleria Spada)

The Spada Gallery is housed in the Palace of the same name, once the property of Cardinal Girolamo Capodiferro (1502-1559), who, around 1548, began to have it built on the site of preexisting buildings belonging to his family, by Bartolomeo Baronino (1551-1554) di casale Monferrato.

The Palazzo Spada (Spada palace) houses Galleria Spada, which became public property in 1927 and it has been the seat of Council of State (or Supreme Court) since 1889. Its founder was cardinal B.Spada and it represents paintings of the 17th-18th centuries and especially examples of Bolognese art. All collection is arranged in four rooms.
Spada Gallery (Galleria Spada) 1 Spada Gallery (Galleria Spada) 2
After the death of Cardinal Capodiferro the palace passed to the Mignanelli family and was then bought in 1632 by Cardinal Bernardino Spada (1594-1661) for 3200 scudos. From the moment the Cardinal took up residence, he decided not only to set up the basis of an art collection, but also decided on a series of modifications employing various painters, sculptors and architects.

The Palazzo Spada (Spada palace) and the Spada Gallery (Galleria Spada) were purchased by the State in 1936 after alternate events that caused the dispersion of a large number of paintings, to house the Council of State. Currently the collection of the Gallery, largely consisting of cardinal Bernardino’s collection, presents a rich set of paintings, pieces of furniture, antique and modern sculptures, including two seventeenth century maps of the world and of the heavens by the Dutchman W. Blaeu. The most significant paintings include the works by Guido Reni (Portrait of cardinal Bernardino Spada, and St. Jerome), Guercino (Death of Dido, and Portrait of cardinal Bernardino Spada),Titian (Portrait of musician), Mattia Preti (Christ tempted by Satan, Christ and the adulteress), Brueghel the Elder (Landscape with windmills), Cerquozzi (The revolt of Masaniello). The variety of the selected iconographic subjects, that go from religious to mythological scenes, from portraits to still lives, as well as the differences between the pictorial schools represented, constitute an important example of the taste of collectors in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Palazzo Spada & Its Spada Gallery
Piazza Capo di Ferro, 13
00186, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Regola (Campo de' Fiori-Piazza Farnese) (Roma centro)
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Bus: 64, 62, 40, 44,46,8,628,87,81,70,492,280,271
Hours: Tue-Sun 8:30am-7:30pm. Closed Monday, 1 May, 25 December, 1 January. On Easter Monday, April 5th, the Museum will remain open following the usual opening time closed on Tuesday April 6. Ticket office closes 30 minutes before closing time.
Free Guided Tours With History Of Art: Every Wednesday and Thursday morning, the museum offers the public a service of free guided tours conducted by two art historians. The visits will take place at the following times: 11:00: Italian speaking visitors, 12:15: English speaking visitors. The booking of the tour is mandatory. Reservation fee is 1 € per person. For information contact the ticket office (066832409).
Entrance Fee: Full: €5.00, Free for under 18 and over 65. Reduced: €2.50. Reservation: €1.00.
Telephone: +39 06 6874896 - 6832409
Telephone: 0039 06 328101 (ticket booking)
Fax: 0039 06 6861158
Fax: 0039 06 32651329 (ticket booking)
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