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Palazzo Barberini

Palazzo Barberini
  • Giorni Feriali

On the southern side of Piazza Barberini, the grand Palazzo Barberini houses the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica, a trove of Italian art coming primarily from the early Renaissance to late Baroque periods.

Some of the works on display are wonderful, but the building itself is the main attraction, a Baroque masterpiece begun by Carlo Maderno in 1627 and completed in 1633 by Bernini, with additional work by Borromini.  The core of the museum, covering the High Renaissance and baroque periods, has the most intriguing pieces, including Raphael’s “La Fornarina”, paintings by Tintoretto, Titian, El Greco and Caravaggio.