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Gian Lorenzo Bernini,
San Giuseppe col bambino
Chigi Palace, Ariccia
"sanguigna" drawing by Bernini
: An emblematic work to be found
here is certainly the famous "sanguigna" drawing by Bernini representing
Saint Joseph and Baby Jesus, executed for the palace chapel in
1663, and signed by the artist; it constitutes a rare work by
Bernini and his only signed piece.
- The "Glory with St. Francis di Sales and St. Thomas from Villanova":
in the same chapel, we find the "Glory with S. Francis di Sales
and St.Thomas from Villanova painted in gouache by Raffaello Vanni
on the wall of the altar.
- Decorative cycle, the apartment on the ground floor: the apartment
on the ground floor was the home of Cardinal Flavio who commissioned
the decoration of the rooms with bird themes and zodiac signs,
attributed to Peter Mulier called "Il Tempesta": a reference to
the natural world and hunting, among the tenant's favorite hobbies.
- Decorative cycle, the neoclassical apartment: In the second
half of the 18th century, Prince Sigismondo had the apartment
decorated in the neoclassical style by Giuseppe Cades, Nicholas
Lapiccola, Felice Giani, Giovanni Campovecchio and Liborio Coccetti.
An extraordinary pictorial cycle, in great part inspired by the
"Orlando Furioso",the litereary work, was a forerunner of the
romantic movement, and constitutes one of the greater attractions
of the palace.