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Palazzo Corsini: photos, description (Palazzo Corsini alla Lungara)

The Palazzo Corsini is a remarkable building in the Baroque style in Rome, erected for the Corsini family between 1730 and 1740 years by the famous architect Ferdinando Fuga. The Palace was built on the site of another building, the Villa of the 15th century, belonging to the family of Riario. It is located in the center of Rome, close to Villa Farnesina.

In 1659-1689 years at Villa Riario lived eccentric the Swedish Queen Kristina, who abdicated, converted to Catholicism and moved from Stockholm to Rome. Under her patronage there was held the first meeting of the future of the Roman Arcadian Academy - a community of scholars, poets and art lovers.

In 17636-year native of Florence, cardinal Neri Maria Corsini, nephew of Pope Clement XII purchased a Villa and a plot of land and instructed to turn it all into a magnificent Palace. In the years of the occupation of Rome by the troops of Napoleon were staying Joseph Bonaparte, eldest brother of the Emperor. In 1883, the year the Palazzo and all its contents were sold to the Italian state.

Today in Palazzo Corsini are the offices of the National Academy of Sciences (Accademia dei Lincei) and the Galleria Corsini. The gardens of the Palace, rising to the Gianicolo hill, are part of the Botanical garden of the University of Rome "La Sapienza". National gallery of ancient art of Palazzo Corsini (Galleria Nazionale d'arte Antica di Palazzo Corsini) is an outstanding collection of works of art, which occupies one floor of the Palace. The gallery's collection are also kept in the Palazzo Barberini and the Borghese Gallery. Most of the exhibits of Palazzo Corsini, collected in the 17th century by cardinal Neri Maria and later supplemented by other members of his family, was handed over to the descendants of the Corsini gallery. Here are exhibited works of Italian art from the early Renaissance to the late 18th century.