Galleria Barberini – National Gallery of Ancient Art – What you need to know
The National Gallery of Ancient Art is situated in two separate buildings: Palazzo Barberini and Palazzo Corsini.
The Barberini family had, with the works sold by Cornelia Costanza, the last descendant of the family, disposed of the last of their collections in the eighteenth century. The disputes over the inheritance of the descendents, who had to share the primogeniture rights of the Colonna and Barberini, led to division of the collections between the two families.
The collection as a whole comprises many masterpieces, especially of the XVI and XVII centuries. The XV century is not so well represented, although of this period is the outstanding painting by Filippo Lippi “The Madonna with Child Enthroned” dated 1437 and at Corneto Tarquinia. More substantial are the XVI century collections, notably the “Fornarina” by Raffaello, as well as paintings by Andrea del Sarto, Beccafumi, Sodoma and Bronzino, and works by Lotto, Tintoretto, Titian and El Greco, others from Bologna, through to the end of the century with the splendid “Judith Beheading Holofernes” by Caravaggio and to the great seventeenth century with works by Reni, Domenichino, Guercino, Lanfranco, Bernini, Poussin, Pietro da Cortona, Gaulli and Maratta.
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