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Palazzo Corsini

Palazzo Corsini (78)

This palace facing the Villa Farnesina was built for Cardinal Riario in 1510, and figures as important as Bramante, Erasmus and Michelangelo have stayed in it. Moreover, in the 17th century it was the home of Queen Christina of Sweden, after she had abdicated the throne and converted to Catholicism.

It was not until 1730 that Lorenzo Corsini was named Pope and the whole family moved to Rome, giving its name to the palace. It was the Corsini family that entrusted Ferdinando Fuga to remodel the building. He created a new central section and an impressive stairway, as well as an area where the large family library was placed.

During its history, the Palazzo Corsini has been witness to important events, such as the assassination, in 1797, of the French General Duphot. This general, fiancé of Napoleon’s sister, died here during the battle between the papal and republican troops. 

In 1883, the Italian government bought the building, which currently houses the Galleria Corsini and the Accademia dei Lincei, the main Italian cultural and academic organisation. 

The Galleria Corsini is a series of eight rooms that house part of the National Gallery of Historical Art. The collection is represented here includes paintings by Murillo, Rubens, Van Dyck and Caravaggio. 

The palace also offers you the possibility of visiting the room where, on the 19th of April 1689, Queen Christine of Sweden died.

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