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Curated by: Alessandro Cosma

The show

The National Galleries of Ancient Art present at the Corsini Gallery , from 15 December 2022 to 10 April 2023 , the exhibition The Cardinal's rooms. Neri Maria Corsini protagonist of eighteenth-century Rome , curated by Alessandro Cosma, dedicated to one of the main figures of eighteenth-century Roman cultural life, just over 250 years after his death.

“Telling the story of Neri Maria Corsini and her Gallery”, says Flaminia Gennari Santori , director of the museum: “is telling the story of the art of that era, reviving the glories of a collection, admired and sought after, which eighteenth century onwards has remained almost unchanged. The Corsini Gallery is in fact an absolute rarity in Rome and in Italy, the flagship of the National Galleries of Ancient Art”.

Coming from an ancient Florentine family, Neri Maria Corsini (Florence, 1685 - Rome, 1770), after attending the European courts of France, the Netherlands, Great Britain and Germany, moved to Rome in 1726, with his uncle Cardinal Lorenzo Corsini, who in 1730 was elected pope with the name of Clement XII (1730-1740). In the same year, having in turn assumed the cardinalate, Neri Maria progressively became the key figure in the political and cultural action of the pope, also due to the poor health of Clement XII, as Secretary of the Holy Office, Protector of the Kingdom of Ireland first and then of the Crown of Portugal.

Actively engaging in diplomatic relations for the papal court, where he put to good use the relationships built up in Europe, his influence progressively extended to almost all aspects of government, including those most closely related to patronage.

In fact, he participated in the great building companies of those years, both in Rome, from San Giovanni in Laterano to the Trevi Fountain, and in the territories of the church, where he favored Tuscan architects such as Ferdinando Fuga and Alessandro Galilei and young Romans such as Nicola Salvi and Luigi Vanvitelli.


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Via della Lungara, 10
00165 Rome


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