Palazzo Doria-Pamphilj: a portrait of 17th-century Rome
Palazzo Doria-Pamphilj is one of the biggest and most important buildings in Rome, not to mention one of the most beautiful. It is home of the heirs of a noble family, which over the centuries included the famous admiral of the Republic of Genoa Andrea Doria (1466-1560) and Pope Innocent X, born Giovanni Battista Pamphilj (1574-1655).
In 1651, the latter founded a beautiful museum inside the palace: the famous Galleria Doria-Pamphilj, which still includes a room dedicated to its founder.
Only a couple of years earlier, the Spanish artist Velázquez had painted a portrait of Innocent X for his powerful sister-in-law, Olimpia Maidalchini, nicknamed “the popess”. When the pope saw it for the first time, he was startled by how real it looked.
To this day, that portrait is considered the masterpiece of the Collection – which also includes wonderful works by Titian, Raphael, Parmigianino, Beccafumi, Bronzino, Filippo Lippi, Sebastiano Del Piombo, Caravaggio, Tintoretto, Bernini, Brueghel the Elder…
The entrance to the building on Via del Corso is a gateway to Rome’s 17th century, far from the noise of the modern metropolis the city has become.