Galleria Spada Rome
Address, opening hours and admission
Address: Piazza Capo di Ferro, 13 – Rome (tel. +39 06 6832409 or 06 6874896). Opening hours: 08.30 till 19.30. Closed: Mondays, January 1, December 25. Admission: 5 Euros.
History and description
Cardinal Bernardino Spada was a passionate art collector and, after having purchased the palazzo in 1632, started a collection of paintings, to which ome of his nephews also contributed in later years.
Unfortunately, after the Italian State acquired the Palazzo Spada (1936) many of the paintings were moved to other galleries and museums.
The current exhibition, spread out over 4 rooms, still includes many of the masterpieces collected by Bernardino with works by a.o. Guido Reni (aPortrait of Cardinal Bernardino Spada himself).
Other major works present in the Galleria Spada are:
- Guercino (Death of Dido, as well as another portrait of the Cardinal)
- Titian‘s Portrait of a Musician.
- Brueghel the Elder (Landscape With Windmills)
- There are furthermore a number of sculptures, both antique and modern, and two 17th century world maps by the Dutchman W. Blaeu.
The pictures are displayed in a way that was typical of the 17th century, frame to frame, with smaller pictures above the bigger ones.
The ticket includes a visit to the picture gallery and Borromini’s perspective.