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Rome Art Exhibitions

Rome is a special city so filled in culture that it is complicate to know where to begin. Art galleries abound, from the classical masterpiece, the Borghese, to the new galleries of contemporary art. Certainly, the galleries of Rome offer interest for everyone-from the art afficionado to the "dabbler" and everyone in between.
  • Galleria Borghese
    This fantastic gallery is located in the Borghese Gardens and has currently opened following a meticulous 14-year renovation program. The exceptionally close attention to detail in the middle of this renovation has created a really spectacular backdrop for some of the world's most fundamental works of art. The gallery itself is located in the summer house of the Villa Borghese. Built in 1613, the summer house was created as a venue for summertime parties and to house Cardinal Scipione Borghese's extensive collection of statues and paintings.

    These include main works by Bernini, Canova, Caravaggio, Antonello da Messina, Raphael, Rubens and Titian.

    A part of the original art works were bought by Napoleon in 1807, and transported to the Musée Louvre in Paris, where they are today. Replacement works were purchased throughout the 19 th century and, in 1902, the state acquired the entire Villa Borghese and its contents.

  • Rome Art Galleries: Capitoline Museums
    (Musei Capitolini In Febrica)- Piazza del Campidoglio, Rome

    Tel: +39 (0) 6 6710 2071
    The buildings are located on the east and west sides of Piazza del Campidoglio and both now form one single museum. The buildings' facades were created by Michelangelo and the exhibits comprehend some of the most celebrated sculptures of the ancient world, such as the equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius that once stood in the piazza, the Dying Gaul, the Boy with a Thorn, and the Capitoline Wolf.
    Art gallery open: Tuesday to Friday and Sunday - 09:30 to 19:30, Saturday - 09:30 to 23:00
    Art gallery admission: charge, free last Sunday of the month

  • Rome Art Galleries: Colonna Gallery
    Via della Pilotta, 17, Rome

    Tel: +39 (0) 6 6794 362
    With paintings from the 15th to 18th century including Bronzino, Guercino and Tintoretto, the gallery is located inside Palazzo Colonna and houses some of the most interesting works of art in Rome.
    Art gallery open: Saturday - 9:00 to 13:00, closed in August
    Art gallery admission: charge

  • Rome Art Galleries: Doria Pamphili Gallery
    Piazza Collegio Romano, 2, Rome

    Tel: +39 (0) 6 6797 323
    With around 400 paintings dating from the 15th to 18th century, the Doria Pamphili Gallery comprehends work from artists Caravaggio, Tiziano and Bellini. There is also a large portrait of Pope Innocent X Pamphili by Velazquez.
    Art gallery open: daily - 10:00 to 17:00
    Art gallery admission: charge

  • Rome Art Galleries: Municipal Gallery of Modern Art
    Via Cagliari, 29, Rome

    Tel: +39 (0) 6 4742 912
    With a staggering 5,000 works of 20th-century Italian art in this gallery, notable artists include De Chirico, Carrà, Morandi, Balla and Costa. Set up in 1925, the collection had been moved various times before finally settling in this location, which was genuinely an industrial building in the early 20th century.
    Art gallery open: daily - 10:00 to 19:00, Sunday and feast days to 13:30
    Art gallery admission: charge

  • Rome Art Galleries: Museo Nazionale di Villa Giulia
    Piazzale di Villa Giulia, 9, Rome

    Tel: +39 (0) 6 3226 571
    This adorable museum is situated at the top end of the Villa Borghese in the Piazzale di Villa Giulia and was constructed in the mid-16th century for Pope Julius III as his summer residence. It now houses a collection of Etruscan art, involving works by Apollo and Veio.
    Art gallery open: daily - 09:00 to 19:00, Saturdays 09:00 to 00:00
    Art gallery admission: charge

  • Rome Art Galleries: National Gallery of Modern Art
    Viale delle Belle Arti, 131, Rome

    Tel: +39 (0) 6 322 981
    The National Gallery of Modern Art, or Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna is a huge, white building and contains one of Italy's leading collections of modern art, dating from the 19th and 20th centuries, including a Dadaist collection.
    Art gallery open: daily - 09:00 to 19:00
    Art gallery admission: charge

  • Rome Art Galleries: Palazzo Altemps
    Piazza Sant' Apollinare 46, Piazza Navona, Rome

    Tel: +39 (0) 6 683 3759
    This pretty 15th-century palace has been restored and now houses the sculpture collection of the Museo Nazionale Romano. Famous sculptures include the carved reliefs on the Ludovisi Sarcophagus and the Galata, representing a warrior's heroic death. These, and many more, are also labelled in English, making it easy to understand and appreciate.
    Art gallery open: Tuesday to Sunday - 09:00 to 19:45
    Art gallery admission: charge

  • Rome Art Galleries: Palazzo Massimo
    Largo di villa Peretti, 1, Rome

    Tel: +39 (0) 6 4815 576
    Designed in 1532 to replace a palace that had been destroyed many years earlier, the Palazzo Massimo has four floors, full of fine works of antique art. There is a wonderful collection of portraits, mosaics, and sculptures of the imperial villas. The Aula Ottagona ex Planetarium is also well worth a visit.
    Art gallery open: daily - 09:00 to 20:00

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