Palazzo Barberini,National Gallery of Ancient Art


Palazzo Barberini and the National Gallery of Ancient Art Piazza Barberini Via Veneto area

The palace was commissioned by Pope Urban VIII to celebrate the accession to the papacy of the Barberini family. Many notable sculptors worked at the project, and made it a jewel of Renaissance and Baroque art.

 Architect Maderno worked on the façade, originally conceived by Raphael, while two main staircases were created by the great rivals of that age, Bernini and Borromini: the former designed the square staircase, the latter conceived the helicoidal one.

Borromini also worked on the upstairs windows, displaying his ability with perspective. In fact, if you look at the windows from afar, they seems of the same size of the others, but actually they are much smaller.


The fresco entitled Trionfo della Divina Provvidenza (Triumph of Divine Providence) is by Pietro da Cortona and is kept in the living room on the first floor.


On the same floor you will find other important paintings, among which the most famous are La Fornarina (The Portrait of a Young Woman) by Raphael, the marvellous Judith Beheading Holofernes and Narcissus by Caravaggio, and other artworks by Guido Reni, Filippo Lippi and Hans Hobelin.



ADDRESS: via delle Quattro Fontane, 13.


Official website:


Open Tuesday – Sunday, 9 a.m. - 7.30 p.m.  (last entry 7.00).


Metro A line, Barberini stop.

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