Thursday, October 6, 2011

Rome's Battle of Lepanto Images from Palazzo Colonna

Top two images: details - Allegory of the Victory of Marcantonio II Colonna at Lepanto by Sebastiano Ricci.

Bottom image: Battle of Lepanto by Giovanni Coli and Filippo Gherardi.

1 comment:

  1. Several years ago I had the opportunity to visit the Palazzo Colonna and
    admire the family's collection of artworks. I was astonished both by the richness of the state rooms open to the public-- works by Carravaggio,
    Bronzino, etc. --and by the unmistakable signs that this palace was a
    well-beloved home to a family. At one point I looked out of the window
    of a magnificent 18th c. room into a courtyard littered with children's
    toys, tricycles and a jungle gym. I thought that was wonderful, that
    such magnificence could also be warm and comfortable to a family.

    The scale of the palazzo is enormous. I had already passed it several
    times during my stay and assumed it was a government office building.
    I was amazed to find out that the Colonnas have had a dwelling on
    that land since the 13th century!