Art Galleries in Rome

A person who is interested in the history of art can best explore that history by going to the major cities which have been important to art movements over time. There is arguably no better city in the world to experience that type of travel than the city of Rome. There are numerous art museums and art galleries located in Rome where visitors can go to gain a thorough understanding of the history of art. Some of these are galleries that are designed to showcase the work of international artists. Others are galleries that are committed to showing off the skills of Italian artists that have thrived in the area in the past. And many are places that are worth visiting purely because the architecture of the gallery itself is of historic interest.

Anyone who wants to gain a better understanding of art – or a better understanding of Rome – will want to visit at least a few of the following art galleries in Rome:

Doria Pamphilj Gallery. This gallery is located on the palace grounds of the same name which are still owned by the royal family. However, the gallery is open to the public so that visitors can see some of the amazing art works that are stored here. This collection of art is believed to be the largest private art collection in Rome to date. It began with works acquired by the royal family in the sixteenth century and has continued to be added to since that time by the various family members who have come along. Tapestries, portraits, paintings and sculptures all contribute to create this art collection. They are contained within four main painting galleries, a family chapel and several other small spaces.

Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. This is considered to be one of the most interesting art galleries in Rome because of the fact that it is located not just on one site but on two separate historic sites. One site is a historic palace (Palazzo Corsini) that dates back to the fifteenth century although it was renovated about three hundred years later. The other site is another historic palace (Palazzo Barberini) which holds some of the most important historic art works of the collection that is spread across the two sites of the gallery. The two most significant artists who have work featured at this gallery are Raphael and Caravaggio; however, there are numerous other recognizable names here.

Galleria Nazionale di San Luca. This art gallery is affiliated with a famous historic Academy of Art which has trained some of the world’s most well-known artists. The school was launched in the fifteenth century and had a rule that every student should donate one work of art to create the art gallery here. That tradition continued and created a collection of impressive array. The works of art here span the sixteenth through nineteenth centuries and show off a range of different styles and approaches to creativity.

National Gallery of Modern Art. Many people go to a city and seek out its modern art museum in order to get the brief history of what the city’s creative side is all about. Those people are probably going to want to check out this art gallery in Rome which has Italian art from people working in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. There are also some limited collections by well-known artists such as Van Gogh, Rodin, Degas and Monet. The architecture of the gallery itself is worth noticing as you visit this place.

Palazzo Colonna Art Gallery. The Palazzo Colonna is a historic palace which dates back to the thirteen century and which has been of importance to the area since that time. The art gallery here (named after the palace) includes works of art from some of the most famous artists from Italy. More importantly, there are gorgeous ceiling frescoes here that are of great interest to people visiting Italy who rarely get the chance to see this type of artwork first hand. The works of art here come from the seventeenth and eighteen centuries.

Palazzo Spada. Another historic palace that is now home to an art gallery is the Palazzo Spada. There are four separate galleries here which contain various works of art from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The number and style of different art works here is not vast in comparison to some of the other art galleries in Rome. However, the manner in which they are hung is interesting. Back in the seventeenth century, art galleries used to hang all of their paintings in a frame-to-frame style. That style has been preserved here to give a true historic air to this art gallery. Historic sculptures adorn the palace and provide an additional look at the overarching art history of Rome.

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Villa Borghese

Borghese Gallery and Museum. There are two major reasons that people go to visit this historic art gallery. The first is because they want to see the astounding works of art that are housed in this gallery. The second is because the gardens where the gallery is located are impressive in and of themselves and make for a terrific photographic destination even for those members of a group that are not terrifically interested in gallery-going. The gallery itself will appeal specifically to those people who are interested in the art that was created between the fifteenth and eighteen centuries. Exhibitions include works from some of Italy’s most famous artists from this time period. These exhibitions are comprised of both permanent and temporary displays of paintings and sculptures. Although this gallery is well known, it is small and is a place that you can easily visit without it requiring a full day to see the collection.

Salvatore Savoca Gallery. There is more than just art history to see in the galleries of Rome. Of course, that’s primarily what you are going to want to check out when you’re visiting the area. But there continue to be people creating art in the region today and they are worth taking a look at if you’re interested in art. This is one gallery where you can see truly modern works of art coming out of Rome.

Villa Farnese Collection. Villa Farnese is located just outside of Rome in a place called Viterbo. People interested in checking out a more intimate, less tourist-driven art gallery will find that this is a good place to visit. It is a place in which there are paintings to see but where the real value of the gallery lies in the construction of the building itself. From lavish historic staircases to the impeccable Renaissance details of the design, every single aspect of this palace was created with art in mind. There are more than a dozen rooms here which are decorated with Italian frescoes that simply have to be seen first-hand by a visitor that is interested in truly grasping the details of art history in Rome.

There are going to be many different things for you to see when you visit Rome. You’ll want to see Rome’s historic landmarks and some of the modern points of interest in Rome. However, you shouldn’t neglect to explore at least a few of Rome’s amazing art galleries. Through a first-hand experience of the art history of Rome, you will leave the country with a greater understanding of what has motivated and inspired the people who live there over time.

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