- 6 hours
- Borghese Gallery
- Palazzo Barberini
- Includes viewings of the Apollo and Daphne, Sacred and Profane Love, and The Rape of Proserpina
- 6 hours with a PhD or MA-level historian
- Entrance tickets to venues
Fuelled on Italian food, we’ll head to our last stop: the Barberini Gallery. We may pop in to see works of art in-situ at churches and palaces on our route. Home to another one of Rome’s most powerful families, the Palazzo Barberini houses masterpieces such as Rafael's 'La Fornarina' and the marvelous staircases. Our resident art historian will shed light on the importance of what we are seeing, the stories behind the imagery, and placing these artworks in historical context.
Yes. Context will take care of the necessary reservation in advance. You will pay for the tickets upon your booking and your guide will collect them for you at the entrance of the galleries on the day of the walk.
Can I take photos inside the galleries?
Cecilia is an art historian and a native Roman with a Master's degree in Medieval and Renaissance art from the Sapienza University of Rome. Although her specialty is painting and decorative arts, she has a broad knowledge of the history of Rome and a personal passion for ancient history, which she shares on many antiquity-themed itineraries. Cecilia has worked actively in the past as a lecturer, teacher, and curator of exhibitions. She had been a staff member of the didactive service of the Vatican Museums, the Galleria Doria Pamphili and the Galleria Colonna where she still frequently consults. As a licensed guide for Rome and Florence and with a specialized teaching degree, she has more than 20 years of experience in leading highly-qualified tours.
Liz, a native of San Francisco, California holds degrees in architecture from the University of California at Berkeley and Università degli studi "La Sapienza", Rome. She specialized in restoration and urban design. Her restoration projects have brought her to work in direct contact with the rich historical layers of Rome and Italy. She has been leading study walks for Context Rome since its beginning and has lived in Rome since 1988 practicing architecture, researching design and lecturing at university study abroad programs.
Sara is an art historian with doctoral degrees in Medieval and Modern Art History and Classical Antiquities. She is the author of a book, published by the Accademia dei Lincei, on the antiquities collection of Pope Julius II and has written various articles in important scholarly journals on the history of Renaissance and Baroque collections. More recently, she had published a book on some of the most famous paintings of Caravaggio in Rome which introduces a new interpretation of the works, based on philological data, and which is changing the way we look at this artist. For many years, she has combined her philological research with her work as a university instructor, museum educator and professional tourist guide.
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