Doria Pamphilj Gallery

July 25, 2016

This is my favourite gallery in Rome. I saw a picture of Mimi Thorrison on instagram visiting Doria Pamphilj and I knew I had to go there as well.
I like my galleries grandiose! The more dramatic, the better! The Doria Pamphilj Gallery is a privately owned gallery by the Pamphilj family (super rich and famous!). 
The gallery contains medieval and Byzantine art including masterpieces by Raphael, Caravaggio, and Velázquez.  I love the fact that this gallery is not crowded. It's not part of the tourist card so you won't have a big crowd bumping you while you browse the collections. I found it very peaceful amidst the sometimes chaotic Rome.
I took my time exploring each room. There is a lot to see. The only problem here is that most paintings do not have descriptions so I highly recommend getting the audio guide (it's free when you buy your ticket) to accompany you on your exploration inside the gallery. Prince Jonathan Doria Pamphilj narrates his family story on the audio guide. He narrates his family history and provides tidbits about the collection. 
The Gallery of Mirrors was designed by Gabriele Valvassori. This is my favourite part of the gallery. It is lined with mirrors, statues, and chandeliers. And not to mention the frescoes on the ceiling.
Wall to wall of paintings!
The gallery has gone through renovations as parts of the building has been damaged. This is one of the rooms that has been recently renovated.

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  1. Wow, my weakness is being able to take in art all in a centralized place so museums and galleries are often my steez. But this, this takes the cake. It's so regal and you can feel the history in the architecture and design of the gallery itself. It adds another layer to the pieces I think. I really want to go there now, thanks for sharing!

    http://www.theindiebyline.com/

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    1. It is amazing! Hope you get to go soon :)

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  2. Wow, this place looks amazing! Owning a mansion to cram full of art like this is the dream...

    Jane / deluminators

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  3. Baka pwede akong ampunin ng Pamphilj family, para maging super rich and famous na din ako, hahaha...

    Seriously, this is one beauuuutiful palace! And those paintings! Amazing!

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  4. Wow it's absolutely beautiful.

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  5. This is beautiful! I love how vibrant those red walls are. They're definitely eye catching!

    Stephanie ● Sartorial Diner

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  6. Ahhhh! Beautiful! I have so much love for art and history <3

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