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Capitoline Picture Gallery

The second floor of the Palazzo dei Conservatori houses an important collection of paintings, which also includes many works of decorative and applied art.

The Capitoline Picture Gallery is the oldest public collection of paintings. It was built on the Capitoline hill between 1748 and 1750, with the purchase of paintings of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries - including masterpieces by Titian, Caravaggio and Rubens - coming from the Sacchetti and Pio di Savoia collections. Afterwards the collection of the museum has greatly increased: in particular, noteworthy is Count Francesco Cini’s legacy, whose collection of porcelains was donated to the gallery in 1881.

Hall of Pietro da Cortona - Pietro da Cortona and his Circle

Hall of Pietro da Cortona - Pietro da Cortona and his Circle

Baroque was born around the 1630s, out of the intense Roman cultural environment of the first decades of the seventeenth century, coinciding with the papacy of Urban VIII Barberini. Pietro da Cortona was the first authentic representative of this new style, especially for his grandiose scenes, the artist was also a model of an entire generation of painters.

Pietro da Cortona (Pietro Berrettini, Cortona 1597 - Rome 1669), 1627
Inv. PC 153
Pietro da Cortona (Pietro Berrettini, Cortona 1597 - Rome 1669), 1630
Inv. PC 137
Pietro da Cortona (Pietro Berrettini, Cortona 1597 - Rome 1669), 1630
Inv. PC 85
Giovanni Francesco Romanelli (Viterbo 1610 - 1662), 1638
Inv. PC 230

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