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The Borghese Gallery is one of the world's finest small art museums. It's a favorite among art insiders. The splendid art collection was initiated in the early 1600s by Cardinal Scipione Borghese. It is housed in his palace-like dwelling.
The highlight is the extensive collection of early marble statues of Bernini.
Two stand out:
Apollo and Daphne
This 1625 statue propelled Bernini into international stardom.
The model for Canova's reclining statue of Venus was Napoleon's sister, the Princess Pauline Borghese. She created a scandal in staid European aristocracy because she posed voluptuously bare from her head down to her upper pelvic area.
Rape of Persephone
David and Goliath
Sacred and Profane Love
The petite museum can accommodate few people during each 2-hour visitor period. I recommend you make your reservations a month or more in advance. You can obtain them online through various websites.
an audio tour?
There is one and it's decent, but the live tour guide makes the artwork come to life.
location in Rome
It sits on the edge of Villa Borghese, by far Rome's largest park.
Location in Italy