In Piazza Capo di Ferro, near Piazza Farnese and Campo de’ Fiori, Borromini’s Prospective Gallery is waiting to be admired in Palazzo Spada.
Created between 1652 and 1653, the gallery stands out as a magnificent play on perspective, a prominent feature of Baroque art. The 9 metre long gallery in fact produces a startling perspective, deceiving the onlooker whose gaze stretchers far deeper than its actual length. The effect is produced by a number of factors such as the rising floor, the converging walls and the descending ceiling, while the lateral columns gradually become smaller towards the backdrop.
Having enjoyed the illusion offered by Borromini, Palazzo Spada now begs a visit whose rooms are filled with the works from Cardinal Bernardino Spada’s private collection which includes a vast array of paintings, ancient sculptures, precious furnishings and furniture.
It is a rather special visit to one of Rome’s better known areas.