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Best Galleries in Rome

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Galleria Colonna

This gallery is attached to Palazzo Colonna and is made up of six rooms, richly decorated with ceiling frescoes and a host of beautiful paintings like Annibale Carracci's il Mangiafagioli. There are also two writing desks, which are marvelous works of art and well worth seeing. The first desk is decorated in semi-precious stone with bronze statuettes and the second is decorated with inlaid ivory. Unfortunately, this splendid gallery is only open once a week, but it is definitely worth visiting in order to see these unique pieces.

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Doria Pamphilj Gallery

Palazzo Doria Pamphilj built in the 17th Century was once the home to Roman royalty. It now houses one of the most prestigious art collections in the city. This collection features some of the most iconic artworks from Renaissance era. Amongst the most celebrated masterpieces found here are - Titian's Salomé with Head of John the Baptist (1515), Raphael's Saletta del Cinquecento and Mary Magdalene by Caracci, to name a few. Other artists showcased here are Caravaggio, Guercino, Duquesnoy among others.

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Scuderie del Quirinale

The Scuderie del Quirinale is an marvelous form of imposing structure in the heart of Rome. The venue is a beehive of exhibitions and events at any given time. Encompassing over 3000 square meters of area, the wide open spaces are apt for exhibitions and events held on a large scale. The exhibitions are generally based on fine or contemporary art and cater to a niche audience. The building also houses a bookshop for the art enthusiasts and a restaurant where you can grab a bite or sip on some steaming coffee after attending an exhibition. In all an experience to cherish and remember.

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Palazzo delle Esposizioni

Palazzo Delle Esposizioni with its statues and Corinthian columns, designed by Piacentini, hosts temporary exhibitions of paintings, sculpture, and graphics, which are changed every three months. There is also a small cinema that shows foreign-language films and the occasional theatrical performance at Palazzo Delle Esposizioni. In addition, there is a well-stocked bookshop, a design shop, a bar and a restaurant on the terrace. Next to the complex is the Visual Arts Research and Documentation Center, an archive that contains data on contemporary Italian and international art.

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Gagosian Gallery

Located in the neighborhood of Monti, Gagosian Gallery is definitely one of the must visit galleries while in Rome. The lavish ambiance of this gallery promotes typical Roman features and its nature. After the success of this gallery all over, director/owner Larry Gagosian set up this space in Rome in 2007, to exhibit the works of fresh budding talents as well as famous artists. Some of the artists who have showcased their art here are Cy Twombly, Alberto Giacometti and Francis Bacon to name a few. To know more about the event schedules and other information, check out the website or call ahead.

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The National Gallery of Ancient Art (Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica)

The National Gallery of Ancient Art (Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica) houses works by Caravaggio, Raffaello, Tintoretto, and Holbein, among many others. These paintings belong to the Barberini family's massive collection, most of which is scattered all over the world. Baroque architects Maderno, Bernini, and Borromini designed the palace. Two grand staircases lead to the main floor: the larger one was designed by Bernini and the smaller, oval construction by Borromini. On the first floor, the large ceiling of the Salone (main hall) was covered in frescoed by Piertro da Cortona and depicts the triumph of Pope Urban VIII. You'll notice the Bernini family symbol, a bee, painted or sculpted almost everywhere in the building.

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Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica di Palazzo Corsini

Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica di Palazzo Corsini is a slice of Roman history. Bramante and Michelangelo stayed here, and Queen Cristina of Sweden died in one of the palazzo's apartments in 1689. In 1736, the palace was completely transformed into a residence for Cardinal Corsini. Works by Rubens, Van Dyck and Murillo are on display, as well as Caravaggio's Narcissus. Other artists include Guercino and Fra Angelico. The Palazzo is also the seat of the Accademia dei Lincei, a cultural training center that started in the 15th Century. Galileo Galilei was among one of its members. The palazzo was the backdrop for the clash between the papalists and the Republicans in 1797 that saw the death of General Francese Duphot.

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Istituto Svizzero di Roma

Located in the neighborhood of Monti, Istituto Svizzero di Roma promotes artistic and cultural influences between Switzerland and Italy. This institution, inaugurated in 1947, was founded by the Swiss Confederation. Villa Maraini is where the main office is, to manage the operations. The library that was functional by 1948 consists of books exhibiting great historical and modern knowledge about the cultures of the Swiss land. Being a venue for a lot of exhibitions, seminars and lectures, this is a must visit! For event schedules and more information, visit the website or call ahead.

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Galleria Valentina Moncada

Art in any form, in any part of the world is eternal and forever to stay. It transcends boundaries and barbed wires and does not know of partitions created by man. Valentina Moncada has tried her best in accumulating and exhibiting art in all its glory at her gallery. Apart from the distinct art and vivid colors you can also find books on the various nuances and forms of art out here. The modern and imaginative brush strokes and designs are sure to impress you. Tony Cragg, Anne Marie Jugnet, Karen Kilimnik, Anish Kapoor, Brad Lochore and Robert Yarber are some of the names who have showcased their experimental designs here. Take a trip to Valentina Moncada and view the works of gen X.

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Villa Medici

In the 16th Century, Villa Medici was built on the Pincio hill, and was named "Medici" when Cardinal Ferdinando de' Medici acquired it from the Ricci da Montepulciano family. The exterior walls of the villa are decorated with Roman statues and bas-reliefs, as if to create an open-air museum, a style which was much in fashion at that time. This was possible then because during the construction of large residences, archaeological remains were inevitably found during excavations for the foundations, and so these discoveries were more chance findings than systematic digs. The villa is the seat of the French Academy, created to enable young French painters to study in Rome. At present the gardens are closed for restoration, but art exhibitions are organized, generally hosted in an interior called the rimessone, where carriages were once parked, now concerts are performed here. The illustrious students of the French Academy include: Fragonard Berlioz and Debussy, who studied here after the Academy had extended its activity to music as well as painting.

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Galleria Lorcan O'Neill Roma

A true connoisseur of contemporary art will appreciate this place. Others may well stay away, as the lines, colors and ideas can get quite complicated. Paintings, sculptures and even wood carvings by locally established and upcoming artists are exhibited here on a regular basis. Thematic showings cater to those who prefer the works to the creators. Modern art critics, head over here. Traditionalists will be better impressed by the city itself.

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American Academy in Rome

American Academy in Rome provides support to all the budding and famous artists, painters, architectures and sculptors. This gives a platform mainly to all the American artists to showcase and exhibit their work throughout Europe. The Academy awards some of the scholars with the Rome Prize during application for exceptional works with an invitation to Rome, to develop their artistic talents in a place that best inspires their skills. They also offer their space for historical exhibitions, public lectures, and concerts. Call ahead or check out their website for event schedules and more information.

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