It was a visit that implied science, books and art at the same time, too juicy to miss.
Meeting point of our visit was the entrance of the palace.
The first part of our visit involved the visit of what once were the private rooms of the building, now occupied by the offices of the Academy.
This beautiful ceiling is his job, like the design of the balustrade of the ballroom, that can be appreciated expecially from the floor below, the "vestibule":
Among them the most important is probably the Sala Dutuit:
After this short walk across the rooms, it was finally the time to visit the beautiful library!
The paintings represent allegories of the subjects of the preserved books.
The books are placed on two "floors", according to the custom of the XVII century.
The "second floor" is accessible thanks to some stairs placed in the nearby rooms.
The library of the Academy owns one of hugest collections of engravings. Some of them were exposed in the various rooms.
Extremely intriguing those pertaining the original look of the palace, as it went through a series of renovations during the centuries, and those of the close-by Villa Farnesina.
After the library of the Academy it was the time to explore the innermost collection, the so-called "Corsini library", the original "nucleus" donated by Prince Tommaso Corsini.
He also opened the library to the public. Even now all the books of the collections are freely consultable by everyone.
The last one is dedicated to the studies of theology.
Besides the books and frescoes, some rarities of books were left for us to see.
Some of them were so precious that we could see only the copies-- But the copies were quite precious themselves!
Among the various curiosities, that to be honest I had no heart to take pictures of, I dedicated a shot to this:
Ersilia was an archaelogist and the first female scholar to enter the Academy.
Once we were done with this visit, we had the chance to access the Villa Farnesina too, as it's part of the Academy.
As a chance to take a peek to Rafaello's famed frescoes, how could I say no?
Designed by architect Baldassare Peruzzi and decorated with the paintings of Rafaello, Peruzzi himself, Sebastiano dal Piombo, the good ol' Sodoma and so on...
The Villa is called "Farnesina" because by the end of the XVI century it was bought by cardinal Alessandro Farnese once it was abandoned after the sack of Rome. It was a way to tell it apart from the Palazzo Farnese on the other side of the Tiber.
Long story short, let's start with the visit!
The first room that we find is the famous Hall of Galatea:
The ceiling is decored with allegories of the Zodiac and other mythological stories. I don't know, the general vibe of this room is quite chaotic for me ò_o
Next is the Loggia of Psyche:
This whole place was decorated by Rafaello and his pupils.
The lodge was once open and facing the garden-- The place is now closed and protected after a huge restoration's work.
From the loggia is possible to access to the Room of the Frieze, painted by Baldassare Peruzzi:
I also took my time to pay attention to the grotesque decorations of the rooms... In this period the Domus Aurea, the magnificent private villa of Nero, was discovered and all the artists used to go there to study the paintings of the ceilings and the walls to enrich their decorative repertory.
This kind of decorations was extremely popular with the noblesmen of the time and you can find such decorations in every private residence of those who "matterred" at the time.
Isn't it fun how the luxury of Ancient Romans was associated to the luxury of Modern Romans--?
On the first floor is the Salone delle Prospettive, designed by the architect himself with a series of fun optical effects and fake perspectives:
And, last but not least, the room that hosted the bedroom of Agostino himself, decorated by Giovanni Antonio Bazzi (nicknamed "Sodoma" for his sexual preferences) and featuring a beautiful Marriage of Alexander and Roxane:
Again, note the grotesque on the ceiling's decorations... I really dig these cofferings!!
And here ended my experience with the fancy palaces of Rome-- I hope that you enjoyed it too!