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.

 

Address

Piazza Capo di Ferro, 13

Vicolo del Polverone, 15/b

Email: sspsae-rm.spada@beniculturali.it

Fax: +39 06 6861158

Online purchase: www.tosc.it

Telephone: +39 06 6832409 info

Telephone booking: +39 06 6832409 - 06 32810 oppure 199757510 singoli visitatori

Telephone booking: +39 06 6832408 gruppi e scuole

Web site: http://galleriaspada.beniculturali.it

Hours

Monday-Sunday: 8.30 am - 7.30 pm

Closed: Tuesday, December 25, January 1

The ticket office closes 30 minutes before closing time.