Palazzo Borghese (Book 4) (Map C2) (Day 4) (View C5) (Rione Campo Marzio)
Palazzo Borghese is the largest family palace in Rome. Of irregular
shape, called because of this the Cembalo (harpsichord) it has three fašades and
Vasi tries to show them all, cheating somewhat with perspective laws. The
one on the river looks over Porto
di Ripetta , the main one is in Via Condotti
(now Via della Fontanella Borghese) and the largest one is shown in this
plate. Martino Lunghi and Flaminio Ponzio respectively started and completed
the palace. Until 1891 the Borghese Museum was in this building. The view is taken from the green dot in the small 1748 map here below.
In the description below the plate Vasi made reference to: 1) Main door on Strada dei Condotti;
2) Prospect of the palace over Porto di Ripetta;
3) Building for the servants of the Borghese family;
4) Stables and coach-house. 2) is shown in another page.
The small map shows also 5) Piazza di Monte d'Oro.
The palace is well preserved although traffic and parking make people so busy they may not realize what they are close to. See also the drawing by Juvarra of the coat of arms on the fašade. Here below the side on Via della Fontanella Borghese with the Spanish Steps at the end.
The palace is a private property, but on special occasions the public is admitted to the inner courtyard (the background of this page shows the imposing loggia) and to the richly decorated garden.
The square in front of the palace hosts now a little market of old books and prints (including Piranesi and Vasi). All the buildings around the square belonged to the Borghese. The stables were replaced by a larger building at the beginning of the XXth century.
The family symbols are everywhere. See Eagles and Dragons the Exhibition on Paulus V.
Piazza di Monte d'Oro is behind Palazzo Borghese. It is known for
its fruit market which in the 1920s was given a covered structure which
spoils the otherwise interesting little square.
Next plate in Book 4: Palazzo Madama
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