Borghese Gallery

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5 Piazzale del Museo Borghese, Rome, Italy
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Zagnut66 Zagnut66
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Borghese Gallery Mar 10, 2013
An amazing museum to visit. I got a neck cramp looking up at all the ceiling frescoes and carvings. Sculptures from ancient Greece and Rome stand side by side with works by Bernini. The building was never used as an actual residence by the Borghese family but was meant to aesthetically overwhelm visitors, much like Louis XIV's Versailles Palace in France. It loudly announces the wealth and prestige of the Borgheses.

I bought my ticket for 13 euros two days in advance. No photography is allowed. It was quite crowded inside and rather warm despite the limitations on the number of visitors. Definitely worth a visit if you are in Rome. The gallery sits in the Villa Borghese park if you want to take a stroll afterwards.
Getting ready to tour the Borghese…
The Borghese Gallery
The gardens behind the gallery
About to take a dip
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Vlindeke says:
I'm looking forward to visit the gallery end of May!
Posted on: Feb 19, 2014
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sarahrwilkins sarahrwi…
2 reviews
Favorite site in Rome Oct 17, 2009
I absolutely love this museum. To go in you must get tickets ahead of time, but it is absolutely worth it. To get there you have to walk through a beautiful public park that used to be the grounds for the Borghese family's estate. Once inside you will see some of the most fantastic art in Rome. This is a MUST see!
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Miranda-Maas Miranda-…
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One of the most beautiful museums in Rome Aug 24, 2008
Another museum review. You should know by now that i'm an art lover so i had to visit this museum when i was in Rome and it was really worth it. The museum isn't that huge as the Vatican Museums but that's a good point i think. The Vatican Museums have too much to see and the number of artworks in the Galleria Borghese is easier to visit. There are many masterpieces in the Galleria like Apollo and Daphne and the David by Bernini. But also paintings by Carravaggio are shown here. The building of the museum itself and the gardens are worth visiting even it you don't like art. One thing if you are going to visit this museum: you have to have a reservation here because only a certain number of visiters may visit the museum at the same time. So without a reservation you can't get in. You have to come back later of have to wait a long time. Tickets can be bought on www.ticketeria.it
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nmcrae1 nmcrae1
17 reviews
May 31, 2007
I agree with Eric's review, although I personally enjoy the Borghese more than the Vatican. While the Vatican Museum is enormous and a little overwhelming, the Borghese is the perfect size. You won't be secretly wishing you were somewhere else halfway through the gallery. And the quality of work is unbeatable. Bernini's sculptures are heartbreakingly beautiful, and the Caravaggio paintings are dark, lush, brooding masterpieces. Go to the Borghese, even if you don't go to any of the other numerous (and fabulous) museums Rome has to offer.
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Eric says:
It's nice to read some other reviews from Italy! Did you study there too?
Posted on: May 31, 2007
Eric Eric
408 reviews
Jan 05, 2006
After the Vatican Museum, this is probably the best museum

in Rome, especially if you're a fan of Baroque art. In my opinion, the

sculptures here by Bernini are even more impressive than any by

Michelangelo. The works look so realistic that sometimes you forget you

are looking at marble and not flesh. Two of my favorite pieces are: The Rape of Persephone

- Basically the myth goes that Persephone was out picking flowers when

the lord of the underworld, Hades, burst forth from the ground and

snatched her back into his lair to be his wife. The piece by Bernini is

a good example of why it is important to see a work of art within its

natural context. The sculpture is positioned such that Persephone is

reaching out into the distance. If you are standing in the Borghese

gallery you will notice that she is facing the garden in the central

courtyard of the gallery. Thus, the garden of the Borghese gallery

becomes the mythical garden from which she was snatched from, and the

sculpture's surroundings help to illustrate the story. Another thing to

note is the way the light falls upon the sculpture. All the light is

coming from the front (i.e the garden, daylight, the earthly world) and

she is being pulled by Hades back into the darkness. Apollo and Daphne

- The myth behind this work is that Daphne, a nymph, is being chased by

the god Apollo who is smitten by her beauty. As swift Apollo closes in,

she calls out to her father, asking him to protect her by changing her

form. Then, Scarcely had she spoken, when a stiffness seized all her limbs;her bosom began to be enclosed in a tender bark; her hair becameleaves; her arms became branches; her feet stuck fast in theground, as roots; her face became a tree-top, retaining nothingof its former self but its beauty. Apollo stood amazed. Hetouched the stem, and felt the flesh tremble under the new bark.He embraced the branches, and lavished kisses on the wood. Thebranches shrank from his lips. This

moment of transformation, from woman to laurel tree, is precisely the

moment that Bernini masterfully portrays. If you walk around the

sculpture counter-clockwise, you can see this transformation happen

before your very eyes. At first Daphne looks completely human, but as

you slowly walk around parts of her begin turning into a tree. By the

time you are on the other side of the sculpture, the transformation is

complete and she is a tree. The detail of the work is also

amazing. The leaves are made of such thinly carved marble that you can

actually see the light go through them. If you're interested in hearing

more about the work send me a message. I could go on but I don't want

to bore everyone :) Better yet, just go see it!
The Rape of Persephone, seen from …
Closeup of the amazing detail of t…
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callmechia says:
The Villa Borghese/Borghese Gallery is one of my favorite lesser-visited Roman attractions. I too prefer it to the Vatican Gallery. I'm very glad you mentioned the "walking counter clockwise around the daphne and apollo" thing... it is very real, and very amazing...a great experience. What an amazing sculptor Bernini was! Truly a masterpiece! Great review.
Posted on: Jun 02, 2009
sylviandavid says:
People do not realize how wonderful the Borghse museum is. We went to Rome 3 times before we found out about the museum... ... To us this is a do not miss site... we tell everyone to visit there..(Eric, they took our camera at entry...lol.. happy you had yours....pictures are great! sylvia
Posted on: Jul 20, 2008
nmcrae1 says:
Yes, I studied there, though only for a month and a half. It was, however, the best month of my life. I plan to go back. I'm about to head off to the Czech Republic to study for a year, though. Peace, and thanks for the comment.
Posted on: May 31, 2007

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