You are along the route: THE ETERNAL CHALLENGE. BERNINI VERSUS BORROMINI
All of the places recommended on this itinerary are open from Wednesday to Sunday. The Galleria Borghese, Palazzo Barberini, the church of Sant’Agnese in Agone and the church of Sant’Andrea al Quirinale are closed on Mondays, and Palazzo Spada is closed on Tuesdays
Palazzo dei Filippini can always be seen from outside, but if you want to see the inside of this work of Borromini’s, you can visit the Biblioteca Vallicelliana and the great hall next to it every day except Saturday.
The Galleria Borghese can only be visited if booked in advance, but the masterpieces by Bernini displayed there are of such importance that we have included it in the main itinerary, advising that you plan your visit there in advance.
The fierce rivalry between Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Francesco Borromini contributed towards the extraordinary transformation of Rome in the seventeenth century. They had very different personalities, almost irreconcilable and in many cases in direct contrast, the two artists represented the different souls of Baroque art: Bernini’s triumphant and spectacular, Borromini’s introverted and innovative
The former, born in Naples and trained in his father’s renowned sculpture school, was a painter, architect and sculptor, able to combine all the arts into the so-called “bel composto”, achieving the extraordinary theatrical effects characterising his work, which was appreciated and acclaimed by the Popes and European courts. Bernini was a happy genius, able to combine his incredible artistic and creative vein with intensive business activities and significant relational skills, which enabled him to frequent the most powerful men of the time.
Francesco Castelli, better known as Borromini, came to Rome from the Canton Ticino, the latest exponent of a renowned family of architects. He worked only in architecture, but with innovative constructions and refined spatial solutions, based on complex geometries. His proud and intransigent temperament, which was also sensitive and melancholy, often led to his falling out with those commissioning his work, accentuated by a difficult relationship with Bernini, He committed suicide in 1667.
The unmistakable hallmark of these two great artists who challenged each other’s genius is till visible in the buildings, fountains and architectural views of Rome.