Friday, June 24, 2016


Throne Room

All noble Roman families had a room dedicated to the pope with a throne facing the wall that was turned when the pope would honor the palace of one of his visits
In this room there is a portrait of the only one but nevertheless very important pope who was a member of the family, Martin V Colonna (1417/31) who did return the papal seat to Rome after the period spent in Avignon (France) in the fourteenth century
“Portrait of Martin V” copy from original by Antonio Pisano aka Pisanello (about 1390/about 1455)
“Portrait of Marcantonio II Colonna” and “Portrait of Felice Orsini Colonna” by Scipione Pulzone (about 1550/98)
Room of the Pre Renaissance Painters

“Portrait of Maria Mancini Colonna” by the German Caspar Netscher
Maria Mancini was a nephew of Cardinal Mazarin, and from being just a maid, she came to become the mistress of the king of France, the Sun King Louis XIV who fell in love madly to the point of learning Italian for her
The king wanted to marry her but in the end his uncle Cardinal did not considered it appropriate and Mary ended up marrying Lorenzo Onofrio Colonna and they had three children
It seems that the Prince Colonna as he unexpectedly discovered that Mary was a virgin, commented: One would not expect to find innocence among the loves of kings
“Maria Mancini was allowed to continue to live in 'her French way', as it was then called, or to maintain an intense social life, even independently from her husband. Moreover, the couple looked close and stood out in the Roman aristocratic world, animating important theatrical and musical activity that was a magnet for the lay and ecclesiastical nobility” (Stefano Tabacchi - Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani Treccani)
“Resurrection of Christ and members of the Colonna family” 1623 by Pietro Berrettini aka Pietro da Cortona (1597/1669)
“Birth of the Virgin Mary” about 1635 by Francesco Cozza (1605/82)
“Madonna Enthroned” by Stefano da Verona or Stefano da Zevio (about 1374/about 1448)
“One of the most important exponents of the Courtly Gothic in northern Italy. He was active between 1425 and 1438, in Verona, where he painted frescoes, now in a very bad state (...), and the beautiful panel with the Adoration of the Magi (1435 Brera). His personality and his formation remain a problem: some documents say he was of French origin” (Enciclopedia Treccani)
Two panels “The Seven Joys” and “The Seven Sorrows of the Virgin” by the Flemish Bernard van Orley (about 1491/1542)
“Moses with the tablets of the Law” by Giovanni Francesco Barbieri aka Guercino (1591/1666)
“Madonna and Child with St. John the Baptist”, “St. Andrew” and “St. Catherine of Alexandria” by Girolamo Siciolante da Sermoneta (1521/80) a student of Perin del Vaga
Two landscapes by Francesco Albani (1578/1660)
“Madonna Enthroned with Child” by Bartolomeo Vivarini (1432/active until 1499)
“Holy family” by Simone Cantarini (1612/48)

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