Treasures of the Borghese Gallery with Cecilia Martini - Context Travel

Treasures of the Borghese Gallery with Cecilia Martini


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Created as the “Museum of the Universe” 400 years ago, the Borghese Gallery holds the private collection of the most powerful man of Rome at the time: the Cardinal nephew Scipione Borghese. Thanks to his richness and lack of scruples he got paintings by Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio among the others, and thanks to his “nose” he recognized the precocious talent of Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

Cecilia was terrific! Very informative and lively. A wonderful, enthusiastic instructor.

In this conversation we will explore this incredible collection, focusing on a chosen number of masterpieces. We’ll make a trip from the Renaissance to the Neoclassical world: we’ll discover the early genius of Raphael, the Revolution made by Caravaggio in the history of painting, and the birth of Baroque by Bernini, to end up with Canova. Behind each artwork lies a narrative; Cecilia will help with the translation of “the secret language of art”. We’ll read the social, political, and religious messages hidden in each of these artists' masterpieces to enable them to come alive even more so.

A real expert in a fascinating field, it's great to get authoritative answers to the questions her talks provoke.

Join an art historian and professor specialized in Renaissance, Cecilia Martini, for this interactive journey through the Borghese Gallery. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, this conversation offers a crash course on 16th and 17th-century art, its role in the past, and the perfect amount of juicy stories that go with each artwork.

Cecilia is an art historian and a native Roman with a Master's degree in Medieval and Renaissance art from the Sapienza University of Rome. Although her specialty is painting and decorative arts, she has a broad knowledge of the history of Rome and a personal passion for ancient history, which she shares on many antiquity-themed itineraries. Cecilia has worked actively in the past as a lecturer, teacher, and curator of exhibitions. She had been a staff member of the didactive service of the Vatican Museums, the Galleria Doria Pamphili and the Galleria Colonna where she still frequently consults. As a licensed guide for Rome and Florence and with a specialized teaching degree, she has more than 20 years of experience in leading highly-qualified tours.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.