Wednesday, March 23, 2016



1886/90 Gaetano Koch (1849/1910) for Rodolfo Boncompagni Ludovisi after the Boncompagni Ludovisi Palace in Piazza Colonna had been destroyed
Also known as Palazzo Piombino for the principality of Piombino in Tuscany belonging to the Boncompagni Ludovisi family or as Palazzo Margherita because it was the residence of Queen Margherita of Savoy, mother of King Victor Emmanuel III
She lived here after the death in 1900 of her husband and cousin King Umberto I (sovereign of Italy from 1878 to 1900) until 1924
The Savoy family had bought the palace from the Boncompagni Ludovisi in financial difficulties
On the occasion of a visit of Queen Margherita of Savoy in Naples, the Neapolitan pizza makers invented PIZZA MARGHERITA with the colors of the Italian flag: mozzarella for white, tomato for red and basil for green
It is the seat of the U.S. embassy since 1931
At the center of the hall “Nude Venus” by the Flemish sculptor Jean Boulogne aka Giambologna (1529/1608)
“The building, in eclectic mold, is the result of the research project of Koch, who experiences a form of abstract neoclassicism, derived from the work of Sangallo, where the architectural elements of classical derivation are subject to an intensive work of figurative simplification” (Giorgio Muratore)

Palazzo Grande di Villa Ludovisi

Great Palace of Villa Ludovisi
Incorporated and leaning against the back of Palazzo Boncompagni
Beginning 1600, maybe by Carlo Maderno (1556/1629) or Domenico Zampieri aka Domenichino (1581/1641) for Cardinal Ludovico Ludovisi nephew of Gregory XV Ludovisi (1621/23)

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