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Duration: 30 minutes - 2 hours
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You can purchase an audio guide for €5 at the Borghese Gallery
What started out as the private collection of a prominent cardinal, the Borghese Gallery today is a beautiful public museum for art lovers. Soak in the blood, sweat and tears of some of the greatest artists to have ever lived, like Bernini, Caravaggio and Raphael. Here are some of the top highlights at Borghese Gallery.
Bernini’s Apollo and Daphne is arguably one of the most beautiful sculptures in the Borghese Gallery. It depicts the tragic tale of the God of Archery, Apollo, and the Nymph, Daphne. Hit by Cupid’s arrow, Apollo falls in love and chases after Daphne, only to have her transform into a tree just before he catches her. Despite its stationary form, the sculpture marvelously captures movement and fluidity; one can notice Daphne’s gradual transformation from human to tree, where Bernini has left some parts of her as a woman, while others that seem to show the bark of a tree gradually wrapping itself around her.
It’s ironic that one of Bernini’s most celebrated works of art, depicts tragedy. At the age of 23, through dramatic fashion and marble, he portrayed the tragic abduction of Proserpina at the hands of the god, Pluto. This sculpture is about 7.5 feet in height and is made from a unique Carerra marble that seems to imbibe the appearance of softness. Influenced by classic Baroque style, Bernini’s sculpture depicts life-like motion of flesh. This can be clearly seen in the delicate details; whether it’s Pluto’s hands sinking into Proserpina’s soft flesh, the anguish on her face, or his tense muscles as he attempts to overpower her.
The first thing one notices about Raphael’s Young Woman with a Unicorn painting is the subject’s eyes: a piercing blue with a stoic expression. Art history experts have debated the young woman’s true identity over the centuries, with several theories propping up, but no clear answer. They have also drawn comparisons between this painting and Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa -- the former was painted just a short while after the Mona Lisa. Raphael’s work, drawing inspiration from Da Vinci, portrays the subject in a similar pose, with folded hands, a slight angle, and a vivid background. Observe the unicorn, which was considered to be a symbol of women’s purity.
While the Borghese Gallery is home to a myriad of Caravaggio’s artwork, perhaps his most personal masterpiece deserves maximum attention. While on the run after being charged with murder, Caravaggio painted what experts have dubbed as a self-portrait. Goliath’s severed head is understood to be his own, with David being the executioner. This painting shows the maturity of Raphael as an artist; observe the dark, earthy background, as a bright contrast to the luminous figure of a youthful and determined David. The older, weaker Goliath portrays despair, with the marks of blood and lifeless eyes, seemingly conveying a damned Caravaggio.
Apart from its permanent collection, the Borghese Gallery also has temporary exhibitions set up throughout the year. Currently, there are two exhibitions on display at the museum:
1. Dosso Dossi. The Aeneas Frieze
4 April to 11 June 2023
2. Giuseppe Penone. Universal Gestures
14 March to 18 May 2023
You can buy Borghese Gallery tickets online or at the venue. However, it is recommended to purchase tickets online and in advance, as they often sell out quickly.
Borghese Gallery ticket cost varies based on the type of experience you choose. The ticket price for the Borghese Gallery starts from €22.
Yes. Borghese Gallery tickets include skip-the-line access, allowing you to bypass the long waiting lines.
It depends on the ticket you book; you would have to specifically book Borghese Gallery tickets that include guided tours. With these tickets, you’ll be accompanied by a professional English-speaking guide through your tour.
It depends on the ticket you book; you would have to specifically opt for Borghese Gallery tickets that provide audio guides.
No, access to the Villa Borghese gardens is completely free of charge.
It depends on the Borghese Gallery ticket you choose to book. While some tickets offer a full refund on canceling within a stipulated time period, for others there may be no refund available on cancelation. Please check before you make your reservation.
The Borghese Gallery is an art museum located in the Villa Borghese Pinciana in Rome, Italy. It houses a large collection of ancient Roman, Renaissance, and Baroque art, including sculptures, paintings, and mosaics, including works by famous artists such as Caravaggio, Bernini, Raphael, and Titian.
Some of the highlights of the Borghese Gallery include masterpieces such as Bernini's Apollo and Daphne, Caravaggio's David with the Head of Goliath, and Titian's Sacred and Profane Love.
Borghese Gallery hours are 9 AM to 7 PM from Tuesday to Sunday, with final entry at 5 PM. It is closed on Mondays.
The best time to visit the Borghese Gallery is early in the morning or late in the afternoon when there are fewer visitors. The gallery is closed on Mondays, and it is best to avoid visiting during the peak tourist season, which is from June to August.
The Borghese Gallery is located at Piazzale Scipione Borghese, 5, 00197 Roma RM, Italy.
You can take the bus or the train to get to the Borghese Gallery. If you take the bus, alight at Pinciana/Museo Borghese stop and walk to the gallery; if you take the train, you can get off at either Barberini or Piazza di Spagna stations and walk to the gallery.
Yes, Borghese Gallery wheelchair accessible. The museum has elevators and ramps to facilitate the movement of visitors with disabilities. Wheelchairs are also available for use within the museum, free of charge, although they must be reserved in advance by contacting the museum.