Friday, May 10, 2013

Galleria Doria Pamphilj

The Pamphilj's are one of Rome's great aristocratic families and their collection is hung according to 18th century tastes -- so it is a wonderful window onto the past. We pronounce Pamphilj (pam-FEELIE) but we could be wrong.

We can never resist a building with and interior courtyard.

Walls are hung floor to ceiling with art, dwarfing the visitor.

Though the side rooms look comfortable and intimate.

The gallery halls are the definition of "grand". This one holds their collection of ancient sculpture.

But the eye is always drawn up.

But the floors are wonderful, too.

Here's the unforgettable floor of the chapel.

The walls contain a wild mix of high and low art hung together. I was drawn to works by Garofalo, a painter who had been active in Ferrara.

The final room of the gallery features more classical sculptures.

And two gorgeous Caravaggios: The Rest on the Flight into Egypt, and St. John the Baptist.



  1. I really like the photo with the two of you and your two cameras.

  2. I'm hypnotized by the floor! Amazing & so lush with textures/patterns/colours... great portrait of you taking photos.

  3. Wow, so glad my mom told me about your blog xoxo

  4. Glad you like the double portrait, ladies! Yes, the floor is decidedly hallucinogenic, Shelley. So happy to have you join us, Jenny. Do alert your whole clan.

  5. I'm a fan of the double portrait, too, and the floor, and all your pictures.