Palazzo Caetani Rome
Address, opening hours and admission
The address of the Palazzo Caetani is Via delle Botteghe Oscure, 32 – Rome. Telephone: +39 06 68803231.
History and description
The Palazzo Caetani was built in the 16th century. The architect was Nanni di Baccio Bigio and the client was Alessandro Mattei. This was done in a part of the city that was then called Insula Mattei.
The Mattei had the interior decorated by artists such as the brothers Taddeo and Federico Zuccari, who did a number of paintings with the theme “Events in the Life of Alexander the Great”. Federico Zuccari also painted, without the help of his brother, the “Slander.”
The chapel on the first floor was painted by Cristoforo Roncalli, who, together with Paul Bril, also painted the main hall.
After the palace had previously been divided into smaller units by the Mattei, who then sold these units separately, it passed in 1776 to Francesco Caetani for the sum of 39,500 scudi.
The latter immediately had it renovated and had Antonio Cavallucci paint five rooms in the building. Cavallucci chose a number of scenes from mythology and allegories as his subject.
On display are three portraits of Onorato VI painted by three different artists, Pompeo Batoni, Raffaello Mengs and Angelica Kauffmann.