THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ANCIENT ART AT BARBERINI PALACE
The National Gallery of Ancient Art at Barberini Palace is one of the great museums of Rome, great for displaying so many masterpieces that we decided to visit it in two days, following a chronological path that in the first day starts from Giovanni da Rimini to get Tintoretto, while the second day starts El Greco ending with Baciccia.
The selection we have prepared for you in the first day will include:
Giovanni da Rimini, Michele Giambono, Filippo Lippi, Piero di Cosimo, Quentin Metsys, Lorenzo Lotto, Tiziano, Garofalo, Raffaello, Andrea del Sarto, Domenico Beccafumi, Hans Holbein, Giulio Romano, Bartolomeo Veneto, Agnolo Bronzino, Tintoretto.
For the second day we chose:
El Greco, Giovanni Baglione, Caravaggio, Guido Reni, Giovanni Lanfranco, Hendrick Terbrugghen, Simon Vouet, Guercino, Valentin de Boulogne, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Pietro da Cortona, Andrea Sacchi, Andrea Camassei, Luca Giordano, Baciccia.
A writer has often happened, touring museums, to know little or nothing about the men whose work he went to see, but those works are the expression of the heart, soul and vicissitudes of the artists.
This is why we decided to accompany each painting shown in the Gallery of Barberini Palce, with a short memo on the author.
By the way did you know that Frà (=friar) Filippo Lippi was a man "so venereal” (=lover of Venus)?