The Palazzo Colonna Gallery in Rome
In heart of Rome, A few steps from Piazza Venezia, Palazzo Colonna offers the visitor one of the most magnificent testimonies of the Roman baroque.
La Gallery Column and its salons are in fact one of the wonders of Rome and are the setting for an impressive collection of works of art: paintings, sculptures and furnishings from the fourteenth to the eighteenth century.
Each Saturday the Gallery is open to the public from 9,00 to 13,15 with entrance from Via della Pilotta 17. One is offered to the 10,00 and 11,00 optional guided tour in Italian, at 10,30 in French and at 12,00 in English.
Private visits by reservation are available on Saturday afternoons or on the remaining days of the week, for groups of minimum 10 people.
The fifteenth century also deserves particular attention Princess Isabelle's apartment; authentic treasure chest of wonders, including the collections of views of the Vanvitelli and Flemish painters, the frescoes of the Pinturicchio and the testimonies of nine centuries of the history of the Colonna Family, which inhabits and guards the Palace from 31 generations.
The history of the Palazzo Colonna Gallery
The building of the various wings of Palazzo Colonna it lasted for five centuries and this led to the overlap of different architectural styles, both exterior and interior, that characterize it and reflect the different epochs of belonging.
The history of one of the most important historic buildings in Rome
From the 1300 to the 1500 it presented itself as a real one family fortress. Oddone Colonna, elected Pope 11 November 1417 and assumed the name of Martino V, directs the Palace to the Pontifical See and lives there from 1420 to 1431, the year of death.
In the austere halls of Palazzo Colonna, Pope Martino V plans and realizes in ten years a great plan of cultural renaissance, Urban e administrative of the city of Rome, which lay in ruinous conditions after the tormented period of the captivity of Avignon and of the Western schism.
In the 1527, during the sack of Rome by the troops of the Emperor Charles V, Palazzo Colonna is one of the few buildings that are not set on fire thanks to the good relations of the family with the Empire, but offers a safe haven for over three thousand Roman citizens.
During the 1600, the Palace assumes the role of a great baroque palace at the behest of three generations of the family, whose main exponents are Philip I, Cardinal Girolamo I e Lorenzo Onofrio, which rely on architects and artists of great competence and reputation. They give their advice Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Antonio del Grande, Carlo Fontana, Paolo Schor and many others.
The art collections of the Galleria Colonna
Of this era is also the construction of the splendid and majestic Galleria Colonna, which overlooks 76 meters on Via IV Novembre: authentic jewel of the Roman baroque, is now open to the public, with the most representative and most artistic apartments of the Palace, which host the Family Art Collections, notified and bound by the 1800 fidecommisso, where masterpieces of absolute excellence