Museum Lovers Guide to Rome

March 23, 2016| Italy | Rome| Cities

You may find scores of beautiful cities in the world, but you won't find the city like Rome. Rome, you know, is cut from different stuff. It has its own tastes of romance and art. There are numerous magnificent museums and art galleries in the world, but the museums and art galleries of Rome have their own genre and grandeur.

Rome is the finest artworks of the world. Created by Romulus in 753 B.C., the celestial city of Rome is one of the world's richest cities in history and art. The Italian capital offers an unparalleled collection of museums and art galleries that make the city Mecca for esthetic connoisseurs. The museums and galleries make Rome the city loved and adored by artists. The city offers a constellation of museums and galleries that often gives come-hither calls to the artists and connoisseurs. Rome offers you a wide range of museums and art galleries including religious museums, archaeological museums, military museums, science museums, ancient art museums, modern art museums, etc. etc.

Borghese Museum and Gallery (Museum Galleria Borghese), established in 1613 to hold up Cardinal Scipione borghese's art collection, the Museum Galleria Borghese features the works by Rubens, Caravaggio, Raphael, Bernini, Titian, Antonello da Messina and Canova. Here you can find the most far-famed sculpts by G.L.Bernini such as "David", Canova's masterpiece, "Apollo and Daphne', 'Pluto and Proserpina', Raphael's 'Deposition', the reclining statue of Pauline Borghese, and a rich picture gallery plenty of masterpieces of absolute value amogn the others the famous "Danae" by Correggio, Caravaggio's paintings, Titian's "Sacred and Profane love."

You can watch the monuments and works of art from all the provinces of Rome at the Museum of Roman Civilization (Piazza G. Angelli). Created under the name of Museo dell'Impero Romano in 1927, the museum exhibits a great collection of artworks in its 59 rooms, which include the items that were figured in the Archaeological Exhibition at the Baths of Diocletian in 1911, and the models of single-oared warship, an apartment building in ancient Ostia Antica, and of the Colosseum.

The National Museum of Rome - Museo Nazionale Romano offer you a nice slice from the history of Rome housed in three different facilities - the Baths of Diocletian including the Palazzo Massimo, the Octagonal Hall, and the Palazzo Altemps. Some of the attractions of Rome include a wonderful statue of a Young Girl from Anzio of the first Hellenistic age; three sarcophagi with representation of the Three Graces; a fragment of a Hebrew sarcophagus figuring the seven-branch candlestick; and the Tomb of Gaius Sulpicius Platorinus and his family, that was unearthed during the building of the Tiber embankment between Ponte Sisto and the Farnesina.

The National Museum of Oriental Art (Via Merulana) is a wonderful museum dedicated to the Oriental art. The museum features pottery from the Italian archaeological excavations in the region of Sistan of the 3rd millennium B.C., bronze objects from Luristan (Iran), Islamic Art, Chinese, Japanese & Korean pottery, and Buddhist bronzes. The items of special interest include Palmyrena art of the 3rd century, an Islamic ceramic plate, glazed with epigraphic decoration from Eastern Iran, and a bottle in gold and silver with scenes of bacchanal from Iran's Sasanide period.

You can visit Doria Pamphilj Gallery at Palazzo Doria Pamphili, Piazza del Collegio Romano, where you can relish Rome's most distinguished private art collections, including works by Caravaggio, Titian, Raphael, Velázquez, Lippi, Lotto, Rubens, Guercino, Reni, Parmigianino, Bellini and Brueghel. The Doria Pamphilj Gallery is housed in the majestic Renaissance palace- Piazza del Collegio Romano- which was passed from the Della Rovere family to the Aldobrandinis in 1601 and then, when Olimpia Aldobrandini married Camillo Pamphilj senior in 1647, to the latter. This magnificent palace is that was worked on by the architect Gabriele Valvassori between 1731 and 1734.

National Gallery of Ancient Art (Palazzo Barberini, via Quattro Fontana) is your place, if you want to access some of the finest collections of 13th to 17th century artworks. Located on two sites; the Palazzo Corsini and the Palazzo Barberini (one of the grandest palaces in Rome built in 17 century), the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica features the works by Fra Angelico, Filippo Lippi, Lorenzo Lotto, Andrea del Sarto, Perugino, Caravaggio, Canaletto and Raphael.

The Gallery of the National Academy of St. Luca (Piazza dell'Accademia di San Luca) offers you an eclectic collection of classical works by artists such as Raphael, Canova, van Dyck, Titian, Guercino, il Sassoferrato, Reni and Pietro da Cortona. Galleria dell'Accademia di San Luca is one of Rome's most prestigious galleries founded as an art academy in 1478.

Galleria Colonna is your destination to enjoy the masterpieces by artists including Lorenzo Monaco, Bronzino, Ghirlandaio, Salviati, Veronese, Palma il Vecchio, Jacopo and Domenico Tintoretto, Pietro da Cortona, Annibale Carracci, Francesco Albani, Guercino, Guido Reni, Carlo Maratta, Gaspard Dughet, Crescenzio Onofri, Girolamo Muziano, and Pompeo Batoni. Reflecting the nobility of the Colonna family, the magnificent Galleria Colonna is housed the huge complex of Palazzo Colonna that was constructed in 50 years from 1654 to 1704.

The Modern National Gallery houses offer you the most significant collection of Italian paintings and sculptures of the 19th and 20th centuries. Featuring the works by artists belonging to neo-classicism, romanticism,Tuscan Macchiaoli impressionism, and the most of the contemporary art movements, the gallery offers the works by Goya, Géricault, Delacroix, Blake, Renoir, Rossetti, Courbet, Van Gogh, Degas, Monet, Cezanne, Modigliani, Mondrian, Duchamp, de Chirico, Cara, Miró, Kandinsky and Klimt.

Besides, you can fine a number Religious Museums in Rome, which include Museum of the Souls of the Dead (Lungotevere Prati), Permanent Exhibition of the Jewish Community of Rome (Synagogue, Lungotevere Cenci), Museum of the Catacombs of St. Sebastian (via Appia Antica), Museum and Picture Gallery of the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls (Piazzale S. Paolo), Museum of St. Pancras (Piazza di S. Pancrazio, 5.d, Basilica di S. Pancrazio), Franciscan Museum (Istituto Storico dei Cappuccini, Circonvallazione Occidentale 6850, Grande Raccordo Anulare km. 65), Museum of the Historical Chamber (via S. Giovanni Decollato, 22 Church of S. Giovanni Decollato), Museum of St. John Lateran (Basilica di S. Giovanni in Laterano), and Museum of St. Vincent and Anastasius (vicolo dei Modelli).

Rome also has plenty of Archaeological Museums that include Villa Giulia National Museum (Piazzale di Villa Giulia), Forum Antiquarium (Piazza S. Maria Nuova), Barracco Museum (via dei Baullari), Archaeological Museum Ostia (located at the excavations of ancient Ostia outside Rome), Museum of Etruscan and Italic Remains & Museum of Plaster Casts (University City, Faculty of Letters, Dept. of Historical, Archaeological, and Anthropological Sciences of Antiquity), Capitoline Museum (Piazza del Campidoglio), Centrale Montemartini (Via Ostiense), Museum of the Walls (Via di Porta S. Sebastiano), Museum of Roman Ships (Fiumicino), etc.


Article written by James Burrows