SERIES: From VIVE to the city. The history of art in Rome in the 15th-20th centuries - Under the aegis of Silvia Ginzburg, professor of the History of Modern Art, Università di Roma Tre
SPEAKER: Alvar González-Palacios
DATE: Thursday 23 March, 6 pm
PLACE: Palazzo Venezia, Sala del Refettorio
In the 1860s, leading artists and craftsmen in the Rome of the day executed fine works in the Chigi family residences – a mansion in Piazza Colonna and a villa built by Cardinal Flavio II on Via Salaria. The villa on Via Salaria is now stripped of its furnishings but some have been traced to private collections and reveal a fanciful reworking of the natural motifs expressed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini in the previous century during the papacy of Alexander VII (Chigi). An apartment on the second floor of the city mansion was prepared for the nuptials of the heir to the title, Don Sigismondo, and Flaminia Odescalchi. The sumptuous interiors reach a climax in the Salone d’Oro, one of the most exceptional rooms in Rome at the height of the 18th century, where Luigi Valadier installed gilded bronze flora surrounding the mirrors and a group of first-rate craftsmen created perfection in what remains a virtually intact space.