on March 3, 2010
The Galleria Borghese is a must see for any art lover. The Gallery has a number of significant Caravaggio paintings, although from February to June 2010 many are in the special exhibition at the Scuderie del Quirinale on loan from the Borghese. His Madonna and Child with St. Anne, also known as the Madonna de Palafrenieri was still on display but his David with the Head of Goliath, and John the Baptist were not. Despite the missing Caravaggios, a trip to the Borghese is still essential to visit in order to see Bernini’s sculptures, Aeneas and Anchises, Rape of Proserpine, Apollo and Daphne, David, and Bust of Cardinal Scipione Borghese. The genius of Bernini is on such showy display in those works. The Apollo and Daphne sculpture showing the nymph as she turns into a tree with her fingers becoming leaves is jaw droppingly amazing. The marble seems too fine for stone and the balancing act of Apollo on one leg is like a miracle. If you look in the gift shop, you can find small versions of the sculpture but those require little supports for the leg of Apollo and fingers of Daphne even though they aren’t made from marble. There are other very important works, Raphael’s Deposition, Lady with Unicorn, Portrait of a Man, and Julius II; and Titian’s Sacred and Profane Love. As well, the interior of the building itself with its ancient mosaics inlaid in the floor and the profusion of decor provide more feasting for the eyes.A reservation is essential. The gallery only allows limited numbers in at regular two hour intervals and kicks you out at the end of the two hours. Reservations can be made online at www.ticketeria.it. Gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7p.m. (last entrance at 5p.m. ). Full priced tickets are €8.50There is a bookstore and cafeteria on the ground floor of the gallery. The gallery has beautiful gardens, most of which are not open to the public, but the entire grounds are located within a vast park, which if the weather is reasonable, makes a green oasis from the busy streets of Rome.
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