Palazzo Farnese or Farnese Palace is one of the most important High Renaissance palaces in Rome.

First designed in 1517 for the Farnese family, the building expanded in size and conception when Alessandro Farnese became Pope Paul III in 1534, to designs by Antonio da Sangallo the Younger. Its building history involved some of the most prominent Italian architects of the 16th century, including Michelangelo, Jacopo Barozzi da Vignola and Giacomo della Porta. At the end of the 16th century, the important fresco cycle of The Loves of the Gods in the Farnese Gallery was carried out by the Bolognese painter Annibale Carracci, marking the beginning of two divergent trends in painting during the 17th century, the Roman High Baroque and Classicism.

John Evelyn mentions the Palace extensively during his visit on Sunday 6 November 1644.


Drawing, section of the wings and elevation of a wall on the court, palazzo farnese, rome, ca. 1750” Artist unknown. Source: cooperhewitt.


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