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Rome, the Borghese Gallery


The Borghese Gallery in Rome is one work of art contains many others; it is a treasure trove that was commissioned by Scipione Borghese during the 17th Century. Scipione was a sort of talent scout during his day; it was he who offered enhanced fame and opportunity to both Caravaggio and Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The Villa in which the Gallery is housed hosts the largest collection of Caravaggios in the world, along with a great number of Bernini's masterpieces, from Aeneas and Anchises and the Rape of Proserpina to his sculpture of David and of Apollo and Daphne, among several others. We also find here one of the most famous Canova statues in the world, the magnificent portrait of Paolina Borghese (Paolina Bonaparte).