Borghese Gallery Rome
Casino Borghese was built by wishes of cardinal
Scipione Borghese Caffarelli by the architects Giovanni
Vasanzio and Flaminio Ponzio. The authors of the age often
admiration the richness of the villa and also the remarkable
collection of statues and paintings housed in the building.
The artistic collection of the original villa was increased
and enriched, through the years, mostly in the beginning of
the XIX cent. when the Duca Marcantonio Borghese began
excavations in the territories possession of the family, during
which numerous ancient statues were found. In addition to this
many princes and nobles, who wished to contribute to the fame
of the collection, offered important works of art. Although,
in the beginning of the XIX cent., the collection suffered
a considerable loss because of the wedding that occurred in
between the Duca Camillo Borghese and Napoleon’s
sister, Paolina Bonaparte, woman of renowned beauty.
In this occasion the Emperor persuaded his brother-in-law to “offer” some
pieces to the Louvre of Paris.
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