The activities of the National Galleries of Ancient Art, exhibitions in Rome

Barberini Palace
From April 29, 2022, the National Galleries of Ancient Art has reopened the doors to the eleven rooms on the ground floor of the Palazzo Barberini, completely renovated and renovated. With this intervention, curated by Flaminia Gennari Santori with Maurizia Cicconi and Michele Di Monte, ends the complex rearrangement of the museum’s permanent collection after three years.
The 50 works on the ground floor, from the early Middle Ages to the very early sixteenth century, are arranged in a chronological and geographical order that intertwine and present different levels of reading to the public: through a series of “spaces” dedicated to thematic moments and monographic insights, which are prominent connections and references between the works of morphological, thematic, typological, semantic, iconographic and contextual nature.
The hall panels and the didactic equipment illustrate the decorations and the architectural elements of what was originally Prince Taddeo Barberini’s apartment, and give the visitor a valid help with the exhibition’s itinerary.

Access to the renovated rooms is via the new Orienteering Room, also known as the Aber Room with the ceiling decoration frescoes around 1630 by Agostino Tassi and Simone Lagi.
Here, visitors will find a timeline that will run along the walls and which will highlight the most important events in the history of the Palazzo Barberinis and the museum: a kind of “red thread” that ends graphically with a multimedia table designed to enhance the use of the museum by allow visitors to explore different themes of the palace, from the protagonists of the Barberini family to the artists who worked there, to the collection. Five people can access the table at the same time, who can choose different paths and consult different content, in Italian and English.

April 12, 2022 – July 31, 2022
From April 12, coinciding with Raphael Fornarina’s departure for the National Gallery in London, to the exhibition The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Raphael, curated by Matthias Wivel, is exhibited at Palazzo Barberini la Dama con lo Scoiattolo, a masterpiece by Hans Holbein, arriving from the same museum.
The Lady with the Squirrel (Anne Lovell?), Dated 1526-1528, will be placed side by side in room 16 dedicated to the portraits of two paintings from the National Galleries, which can be referred more or less directly to Holbein or his entourage: The Portrait by Henry VIII and the lesser known and never exhibited Portrait of Sir Thomas More, a copy of the famous original now kept in the Frick Collection in New York and also dated to 1527.
The close comparison, in addition to a philological interest in studying the production and autographing of the paintings, also intends to focus on other different functional and “ideological” aspects related to the theme of the portrait, both official and private, as it is explored. in strange twists by Hans Holbein, especially during his stay at the Tudor court. It will also be an opportunity to thematize the relationship between the portrait image and its memorial, diplomatic, festive, biographical and affective functions.

Wednesday, May 11th
17.00: presentation of the volume Giulio Cesare Procaccini. Life and Work by Hugh Brigstocke and Odette D’Albo (Germany – Voena, Turin 2020)
Introduced by: Flaminia Gennari Santori, Director of the National Galleries of Ancient Art
Speakers: Francesca Cappelletti, Director of the Borghese Gallery, Odette D’Albo, Curator of Credem Art Collections, Cristina Terzaghi, University of “Roma Tre”
As part of the BARBERINI / CORSINI BOOKS review, Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at 17.00, the presentation of the volume Giulio Cesare Procaccini will be held in the conference room on the second floor of the Palazzo Barberini. Life and Work, by Hugh Brigstocke and Odette D’Albo (Allemandi – Voena, Torino 2020). The volume explores the life and artistic career of Giulio Cesare Procaccini (Bologna 1574 – Milan 1625), son and pupil of Hercules the Elder, one of the most original personalities in Lombard painting of his time, together with Giovan Battista Crespi, known as Il Cerano and Pier Francesco Mazzucchelli, known as Morazzone.
Originally dedicated to sculpture, Procaccini devoted itself to painting from the early seventeenth century and was hugely successful. The artist was hailed as the heir to Correggio and Parmigianino by his contemporaries, and the artist was sensitive to the news of Ruben’s painting and received numerous and important commissions, especially in Emilia, Milan and Genoa. The catalog raisonné, in English, includes essays on the biography, style and artistic techniques, the painter’s order and fortune, as well as almost 200 cards with paintings attributed to Procaccini, with devices dedicated to works not considered autographs, and the lost ones. ., the register, the bibliography and the name index. The work makes use of the collaboration with the gallery Robilant + Voena.
Free admission subject to availability

Sunday, May 15th
11.00: pedagogical workshops Family portraits of the Association sipArte!
Children between 6 and 12 years old and families are invited to discover the new layout of the rooms from the 16th century with a path on portraits.
Max 10 participants. Activities by reservation required at:
Free participation for children, special price of € 6 for up to two companions

Corsini Gallery
Saturday, May 14th
16.00: pedagogical workshops “Masterpieces at the table!” by sipArte Association!
The workshop visit is an opportunity to introduce children to genre painting through some masterpieces from the Corsini Gallery. Children will be involved through the story of some anecdotes related to the paintings and some eating and eating habits of the past. During the activity, they will know an ancient recipe and will try their hand at the personal realization of a polymaterial still life.
Max 10 participants. Activities after reservation required at
Free participation for children, special price of € 6 for up to two companions


PLACE: Rome, Palazzo Barberini, via delle Quattro Fontane, 13
HOURS: Tuesday / Sunday 10.00 – 18.00. The ticket office closes at 17.00
CLOSING DAYS: Mondays December 25th, January 1st
LOCATION: Rome, Galleria Corsini, via della Lungara 10 – Rome
HOURS: Tuesday / Sunday 10.00 – 18.00. The ticket office closes at 17.00
CLOSING DAYS: Mondays December 25th, January 1st
BARBERINI CORSINI TICKET: Whole 12 € – Reduced 2 € (children aged 18 to 25). The ticket is valid for 20 days from the time of stamping for a single access to each of the museum’s sites: Palazzo Barberini and Galleria Corsini.
From April 15 to September 25, 2022, to coincide with the Disney show. The art of telling timeless stories, produced by Sole24 ore Cultura and host of the Palazzo Barberini exhibition area, there is a reduced rate of 6 euros for National Galleries, Palazzo Barberini and Galleria Corsini. To take advantage of the discount, the visitor must show the ticket to the Disney show at the ticket offices at the two locations. The campaign only entitles you to one access per venue.
Free: children under 18, school groups and accompanying teachers from the EU (by reservation), students and teachers in architecture, literature (archaeological or historical-artistic address), preservation of cultural heritage and educational science, art academies, employees of the Ministry of Culture, ICOM members, tour guides and on-call interpreters, journalists with order cards, disabled people with companions, school teachers, permanent or fixed-term contract, on presentation of an appropriate certificate according to the model prepared by Miur.

Reservations required on weekends, public holidays at the link:

Or by contacting the number: 06-32810
GROUP VISITS: groups of up to 15 people, guide included, with reservation required on 06-32810 both on weekdays and on public holidays and weekends. Use of radio systems mandatory. To ensure the easiest use for all, the maximum stay for groups at the museum is 2 hours.
Access is regulated in accordance with the infection prevention rules laid down in the law. To gain access, it is recommended to use a mask, but it is not mandatory.

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