All you need to know to plan your visit to the Borghese Gallery

The rape of Prosperina

The Rape of Proserpina: All About Bernini’s Masterpiece

The famous Rape of Proserpina statue was created by a young Bernini – at the age of just 23! It depicts Proserpina – a Roman goddess often associated with freedom – being kidnapped and carried off the underworld in the arms of Pluto. The sculpture is one of many great works on display at the [...]

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La Fornarina Raphael painting

La Fornarina by Raphael – The Portrait of a Young Woman – Full Analysis

The Raphael painting La Fornarina is an early 16th century oil painting that is on display in the Barberini Palace in Rome. Known for being one of the last of Raphael’s paintings, the La Fornarina portrait of a young woman is generally thought to be of a local baker’s daughter. Her name was said to [...]

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Sacred and Profane Love painting

Sacred and Profane Love: Secret Meaning Behind The Painting

Titan’s 16th century painting Amor Sacro e Amor Profano - in English “Sacred and Profane Love Painting by Titian” has a long disputed meaning. Even the title itself is not necessarily believed to be the original dreamed up by TItian! Let’s find out more about it so you can impress your friends when you visit [...]

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Basket of Fruit Caravaggio painting

The Basket of Fruit Caravaggio Painting Analysis & Facts

Basket of Fruit Caravaggio is another piece of art by Caravaggio that features fruit. It is one of the most famous fruit bowl paintings in European art history. It is also an early example of this type of painting, and is unique in that it is painted at the level of the table. Normally, still [...]

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The boy with a basket of fruit caravaggio

Caravaggio Boy With a Basket of Fruit: Meaning Tickets & Hours

Credited as being one of Caravaggio’s early works, the Caravaggio boy with fruit painting is thought to date to around 1593 to 1595. It is believed it was painted just after the young artists move to Rome from Milan. His sponsors at the time were the brothers Bernardino Cesari and Cavalier d’Arpino. The Caravaggio Boy [...]

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The painting Young Sick Bacchus

Painting of Young Sick Bacchus: Meaning & Analysis

Hanging in the Galleria Borghese, the painting of young sick Bacchus was completed in 1594. It is said to have been painted by Caravaggio during his convalescence from illness after he had moved from Milan to Rome. Let’s explore more of the story in this article. About the famous painter Caravaggio Born in Milan in [...]

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Apollo and Daphne story

Apollo and Daphne: All about the Story & Sculpture

The Apollo and Daphne myth dates back to Greek mythology. It is also the inspiration for the stunning baroque marble Apollo and Daphne Bernini sculpture. The story can be found in the Apollo and Daphne Ovid verses in Book 1 of the famous Metamorphosis. Despite its ancient origins, the myth is very much one that [...]

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borghese gardens segway tour

Getting around Villa Borghese – Borghese Gardens Segway Tour & More

If you’ve done your research on Villa Borghese, you’ll realise that it’s no small area. With over 80 hectares of sprawling parkland dotted with more than 90 points of interest there’s a lot of ground to cover. Getting to different corners of Villa Borghese Park, for example from the Borghese Gallery to the Temple of [...]

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Borghese Museum Guide – which Museums are worth visiting?

Villa Borghese, the vast parkland and gardens on Pincian Hill in central Rome, is home to a number of museums. The best known and most important Villa Borghese Museum is certainly the Galleria Borghese. But there are others, like the National Gallery of Modern Art and the National Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia, which are [...]

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villa borghese zoo bioparco

How to Visit the Villa Borghese Zoo: Ethic and Tickets

The Villa Borghese zoo in Rome is a beautiful place to visit if you have a spare day. It was actually first opened in 1911 and then left to fall into ruin. Only recently has it been renovated and renamed a ‘biopark’. You’ll see all sorts of animals, including big cats, penguins and more. It [...]

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