Thursday, December 31, 2015



Established in 1895 when the collections Corsini and Torlonia were united
It was later enriched by the collections Odescalchi, Hertz and Chigi but without ever finding an appropriate location
It was moved here in 1949 and partially open to the public in 1953
The exhibit was rearranged in 1984 when the works of the Galleria Corsini were take back to their original location in Palazzo Corsini
The collection comprises 1445 paintings and 2067 objects of decorative art
Finally, in 2011 this wonderful museum had a good and extensive exhibition, although not yet complete: nine new rooms were opened on the ground floor, in addition to six other new rooms on the first floor and eleven on the second floor, which, added to the rooms already open, bring the total to THIRTY-EIGHT ROOMS including the Pietro da Cortona Hall, the Marbles Room, the Oval Room and the Corvi Room
It has finally become a wonderful and charming museum
A visit to this museum is a veritable trip in the Italian figurative art history from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment


Room I - The Icon and the Crosses
Vault: “Ulysses and the Sirens” about 1670/78 Giacinto Camassei, a relative (perhaps nephew, brother or cousin) of the more famous Andrea Camassei
“Advocate Madonna or Haghiosoritissa” about 1050/75 of Roman school
“Crucifix” about 1250 Simone and Machilone
“Cross painted” end 1100s/begin 1200s by the workshop of Alberto Sotio
“These crosses bear witness to the technical skill of the medieval craftsmen and their workshops, the intimate connection between painting, sculpture and jewelry and the functional relationship with architecture. They also summarize the passage from the iconography of Christ triumphant over cross, according to Western tradition, to the Byzantine one of the dying Christ, spreading to Italy thanks to the Franciscans” (Official website of the Barberini Gallery -

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