The Corsini Gallery (Galleria Corsini) located in the 15th-century Corsini Palace (Palazzo Corsini) in Trastevere. The original building had modifications from 1659 until 1689. It served as the residence for Queen Christina of Sweden, who lived in Rome from 1654 until she died in 1689.
Moreover, the art museum is part of Italy’s Arte Antica collection, where the Corsini family donated most of the masterpieces in the 1800s.
The 15th-century palazzo in the Trastevere area served as an away-from-home palace for Queen Christina of Sweden, who abdicated her throne and lived in Rome for 35 years. Today, the Corsini Palace houses the original half of Rome’s National Gallery (Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica) paintings, while another part is in the Barberini Palace.
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Most of the works are by 16th and 17th century Italian artists
The building started to belong to the Corsini family when Lorenzo Corsini became pope in 1736 with the name Clement XII. He commissioned the architect Ferdinando Fuga to restructure the building and expand it.
In 1883, the Corsini Gallery became the first national gallery of Italy and its collections were donated to the newly-formed Kingdom of Italy
Today, the part of the palace is home to the Accademia dei Lincei. Moreover, the library of the Academy contains a collection of books by Cardinal Neri Corsini. Also, the garden nowadays houses the Botanical Gardens of Rome.
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