venerdì 4 febbraio 2011

Palazzo Braschi


Palazzo Braschi is a large Neoclassical palace in Rome,  and is located between the Piazza Navona, the Campo de' Fiori, the Corso Vittorio Emanuele II and the Piazza di Pasquino. It presently houses the Museo di Roma, the civic museum of Rome.It was built by the papal nephew Duke Luigi Braschi Onesti, to designs by Cosimo Morelli. 
The main entrance is on Via San Pantaleo (between Piazza Navona and Corso Vittorio Emanuele). The oval hall inside the main entrance overlooks Via San Pantaleo, and leads to the monumental staircase with its eighteen red granite columns which came from the gallery built by the Emperor Caligula on the banks of the River Tiber. Decorating the staircase there are ancient sculptures and fine stuccoes by Luigi Acquisti inspired by the myth of Achilles.
The architect Giuseppe Valadier designed the chapel on the piano nobile or first floor.
Palazzo Braschi is a lavish palazzo overlooking Piazza Navona, which is now home to the Museum of Rome.
Palazzo Braschi staircase The Museo di Roma has a vast collection dedicated to the history of the city from the Middle Ages to the early twentieth century. Only part of this assortment of drawings, paintings, sculptures, frescoes, costumes etc. is on display at any one time. There is an eclectic feel to the display, which is rather like a book whose text is missing, leaving only the illustrations.
From busts of popes to paintings of peasants, the different human experiences of Rome are illustrated through the stately rooms of Palazzo Braschi. One of the oddest exhibits is a sequence of portraits (1667-1669) of a young scion of the Rospigliosi family (Pietro Banchieri), obviously the apple of his aristocratic family's eye, dressed up in a range of costumes: a dancer, Cupid, a Swiss Guard and even a lady. There is more than a trace of a fed-up expression on the poor boy's face.
Some of the most interesting exhibits are the large scenic paintings of Rome, showing grand events. The artists have carefully included hundreds of small details of the crowd: the nobles in their carriages, the cardinals in all their finery, the youths who may be about to pick the pocket of a distracted gentleman.
Palazzo Braschi itself is a solid and elegant palace dating to the eighteenth century, with a grand staircase boasting red granite columns once belonging to Caligula. The building's original frescoes can still be seen in many of the rooms of the museum.
Palazzo Braschi is on Via San Pantaleo (between Piazza Navona and Corso Vittorio Emanuele). Entrance costs €6.20. An English audio guide is available for hire; note that the museum's labelling is only in Italian.

12 commenti:

  1. Hi Maria always an interesting read. I had never heard of this Palazzo although we did visit Piazza Navona and Campo de' Fiori. We will need to put it on our list for the next visit

    RispondiElimina
  2. It looks amazing from the outside and I can imagine being inside the Oval Hall. Italy is one of my favourite places ever to be and I cannot wait to be back there.

    RispondiElimina
  3. JIM ...check out this website JIM....this is only for you !!
    http://museiincomuneroma.wordpress.com/....all the most important museums of ROME are listed here on this blog...this blog shows the very essential MUSEUMS OF ROME..
    PALAZZO BRASCHI is the seat of the Roman Museum: many exhibitions, paintings and cultural events take place here at Palazzo Braschi. The museums which are listed on that blog are alternatively chosen by Local Authorities of Rome to host different exhibitions and cultural events !

    RispondiElimina
  4. How I would love to be on the steps of the Piazza Navona. What a beautiful place to visit
    ~Jessica~

    RispondiElimina
  5. @SJ...thanks for your presence...You always write very nice comments...thanks indeed! Palazzo Braschi is home to the Museum of Rome which has a vast collection dedicated to the Whole history of the city. I love the city where I live in...sometimes when strolling in the streets of the centre I can breathe the "sense" of eternity this city possess....when everything around you is calm or at sunset when the city is going to sleep....

    RispondiElimina
  6. @Finding One's Way....yes JESSICA ....piazza Navona is really an outstanding square visited by so many tourists....although the steps you are mentioning are the Spanish Steps along Piazza di Spagna which is in the very heart of Rome ...from there the landscape is really breathtaking!should you come to rome I will be your guide ♥♥♥

    RispondiElimina
  7. Thank You Maria..All this info is being studied and saved for 2012. Being back in Roma and meeting you ..very exciting lol

    RispondiElimina
  8. @JIM ...you're welcome JIM..people like you do inspire my writings about Rome and I feel enthousiast of meeting you next year..! keep on checking my blog...new interesting posts are soon coming.!I will also add some news about Bed & Breakfasts in rome and outside !

    RispondiElimina
  9. It's always romantic there in Italy... Hearing about this palazzo that you've mentioned makes think how many are there really like this one ever exist in that place? I bet many because Italy is a grandeur and mostly celebrated place to visit... Thanks Maria for sharing...:)

    RispondiElimina
  10. @Jorie ...well going around the main streets of the centre I can already see the first group of foreigners coming to visit ROME...it's indeed very romantic and full of history here...squares, fountains, churches dating back the Renaissance or Baroque periods... the list of places to visit is really long and diversified...so stay here with me for the coming posts..! THANKS SO MUCH JORIE.

    RispondiElimina
  11. This is really beautiful! Next time when I am in Rome I will visit this gem! Thanks for sharing.

    When you have a moment please feel free to have a look at my blog.

    http://www.nelietatravellingadventures.blogspot.com

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  12. @Nelieta...many thanks NELIETA....there are so many awsome places to visit in Rome...just tell me when and I'll let you know a list of unmissable sights...i'm coming to visit yours..!

    RispondiElimina

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