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BLOG OF A TOUR GUIDE IN ROME

14/01/2019, 12:30

#tourguiderome, #unaguidaturisticaroma, #romeisus, #rome, #roma, #villa, #rinascimento, #arte, #prospettiva, #affresco, #guidedtour, #visiteguidate, #farnesina, #chigi



INCREDIBLE-PERSPECTIVES--AT-THE-FARNESINA-VILLA


 The Farnesina Villa is an amzaing Renaissance Villa where also Raphael worked. But going to the first floor you will find yourself in an illusion...



How beautiful could be #Rome from the marble balaustrade that you can see here? A nice balcony with a strange characteristic: it does not exist! Yes, because we are inside the so called "Room of the Perspectives", at the first florr of the #Renaissance Farnesina Villa. It was the private property of Agostino Chigi, who was a banker who worked also for some Popes. Probably he was one of the richest men in #Europe, so much that he would like to follow the example of the ancient Romans, when the members of the elites used to live inside nice villas outside the city centre. And Agostino Chigi commissioned to the architect Baldassarre Peruzzi, at the beginning of the XVI century, the same thing: a villa, built on the other side of the Tiber, where he could spend his private time just in peace, between wonderful parties, great masters, women and huge lunches! But now is time to speak about the wonderful illusion that could be found here, in this wonderful room. Coming here you will be inside another world, a colourful place where everything is not real: all the walls are completely painted! The red columns, the golden capitals, the green walls and the nice niches embellished with white marble statues...everything is just an illusion, a gorgeous painting thought by Baldassare Peruzzi five hundred of years ago. It is the perspective of the Renaissance Age, when masters and painters were able to create the third dimension where only two dimensions could be. With the Roman and Greek Gods who are painted along the walls, this perspective represented the style and the taste of that time. Agostino would like to impress his special guests, in this incredible way. Try, for example, to go to the centre of the room. Look down, appreciating the red and green squares that embellish the floor. It is a perfect combination, of course. But now try to move until a wall...you will see the same green and red squares on the painted floor! Another illusion that seems to lead you directly there, where there are the marble balaustrades that are facing Rome. All the details are importants here, also the Eternal City. Looking the walls you can recognize monuments like the #Colosseum or an ancient Roman acqueduct. Churches, basilicas or buildings that could be seen still today, or others that don’t exist anymore. Moreover let me tell the last surprise! Go to the wall on the opposite side from the entrance. You will see some buildings, on the wall, that are partly...flooded! It is a nice example of one of the floods which used to hit Rome, over the centuries. A sort of chronicle, something that was known by the owners of the Farnesina Villa, because the building is built very close to the river. Simply amazing... #romeisus #Rome #Roma #Renaissance #art #painting #atourguiderome


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