Making a Prince's Museum - Drawings for the Late- Eighteenth-Century Redecoration of the Villa Borghese Carole Paul, Alberta Campitelli

Paperback / softback
Publication date:
31 Mar 2006
Getty Publications
180 pages: 254 x 180 x 12mm
13 colour & 59 b&w illustrations

A discussion of the designs by Antonio Asprucci for the redecoration of the Borghese Palace as a semi-public museum. The author shows that the new designs not only created a unified space for the Count's extensive collection of Greek and Roman antique and "modern" sculpture, they also presented a set of scenes for the edification of the Borghese prince. She also asserts that the redecorated villa was a turning point in the transition from a space for privately held collections to the modern public museum. A second essay by Alberta Campitelli discusses the sketches for another antiquities museum at the villa.

Carole Paul is a lecturer in the history of art and architecture at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Alberta Campinelli is director of the Unita Organizzativa di Ville e Parchi Storici, Sopraintendenza Beni Culturali, Comune di Roma.