Rome, Palazzo Farnese Exhibition Reopening

Annibale Carraci, Due Putti fresco detail

Rome beauty never seen before

Last October I tried very hard to get permission to visit Palazzo Farnese for a group of art lovers from Texas. I truly used all my acquaintances and some political firepower to no avail. At the beginning I was told that maybe they would allow the group in for a small visit, but when we went to define the details for the visit I received an email message that didn’t allow a reply. The French Embassy that owns the palazzo issued a firm denial for the visit.

I had to swallow my pride and kept going. A week ago I received a message that the opening of Palazzo Farnese was imminent with a really rare exhibition of artwork from the best Artists of the Renaissance.

“Colossal, imposing, magnificent,” Antonio Guattani wrote describing the palace in 1805, “One of the wonders of Rome,” that fascinates all the voyagers of the “Grand Tour.”

More than 150 pieces will be on display among them paintings, statues, sculptures, coins, pottery, tapestries, and furniture.

Roberto Checchi and Francesco Buranelli are the curators of the exhibition. They selected the pieces from the original Farnese collection that ended up in Naples when one members of the House of Bourbon married a Farnese.

An astonishing building of truly rare beauty is now open for the enjoyment of art lovers and curiosity seekers. If you happen to visit Rome from now until the 27th of April, do not miss this unique opportunity. The exhibition is open daily from 9AM to 7PM Monday through Wednesday, and 9AM through 9PM Thursday to Sunday. Reservations are mandatory for groups.

The entrance fee is €15 Saturday and Sunday, €12 week days. A reservation is not mandatory, but I would strongly suggest making a reservation. For security reasons, the reason they stated for denying the permit for my group, they will allow only a small number of visitors at any given time.

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