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Without a guide, this biggest attraction of old Rome can not be seen, even though this palace occupies a whole block. The palace, a green courtyard and inscriptions warning that this is a private property - there are still enough of these in Rome, however, this is where one of the most valuable collections of Italian painting and sculpture is located.
The palace was built for the Pamphili family in 1435, but after the marriage in 1671 of Andrea Doria to Anna Pamphili (the last of this kind), the palace was transferred to the Doria family as a dowry. The art gallery in it was created by Cardinal Camillo Pamphili - the nephew of Pope Innocent X, whose portrait by Diego Velazquez is the greatest value of the gallery today and is still considered an unsurpassed masterpiece of portraiture. Today, over 500 works of art are exhibited in the four galleries of this palace. After the restoration in 1996, all the paintings were placed in a thematic and chronological order according to the principle of “walls are not visible”, as was intended.
Here are such famous canvases as John the Baptist of Titian and the Penitent Magdalene of Caravaggio. Separate expositions show creations of Raphael, Bril, Bernini, Romano, Velazquez. From the personal collection of Pope Innocent X, here are the works of such masters of the Emilian school as Correggio and Parmigianino, the Venice school - Bassano, Bellini, Tintoretto, as well as works by Flemish painters. Marble bas-reliefs by Duquenois, Roman statues of the ancient period, marble portraits of cardinals, Brussels woven carpets (lanes) of the 16th century are exhibited here. and tapestries of the era of Louis XIV.
There are no temporary exhibitions in the gallery and its collection is replenished very rarely. Solid art requires solid museums and respectable admirers, and this is best understood at the very first steps through the halls of the Doria-Pamphili Gallery.