Spada Gallery in Rome houses the important collection of Baroque paintings created during the seventeenth century by Cardinals Bernardino and Fabrizio Spada. The finesse of his art collection, which is still presented in overlapping rows as in a 17th century picture gallery, gives this place a unique charm, accentuated by its characteristic dimension of a precious family collection.
Galleria Spada is located in one of the most beautiful buildings in Rome, the sixteenth-century Palazzo Capodiferro . In four original rooms, works by very famous artists are exhibited, such as Titian, Guido Reni or Artemisia Gentileschi, together with the most complex overview of seventeenth-century Italian painting, represented, for example, by Guercino, by Pietro Testa known as the Lucchesino or by Giovan Battista Gaulli , witnessed here through some of their highest achievements.
In the rooms of the Spada Gallery it is also possible to retrace the history of the "genres" of painting, such as that of the portrait, expressed through the works of Bartolomeo Passerotti and Prospero Fontana , or that of the landscape, with works ranging from the end of sixteenth century until the beginning of the eighteenth century, including the names of Nicolò dell'Abate, Dughet and Van Lint.
Italian and European Caravaggio painting is widely represented in the last room of the museum, with absolute masterpieces by Orazio Gentileschi and Michelangelo Cerquozzi and with a large collection that ranges from Borgianni to Baglione, to Cavarozzi and Mattia Preti, as well as all the trends of European Caravaggism, such as the French one, expressed by Regnier, Tournier and Valentin de Boulogne, or the Nordic one by Van Laer and Van Somer.
A collection of archaeological works, arranged in the old style on seventeenth-century decorated wooden stools or on extraordinary carved and gilded baroque wall tables, completes the collection.
At the end of the museum tour on the first floor, we visit the Secret Garden, which preserves the most spectacular baroque artifice in Rome, the illusionistic Colonnata (or Perspective) created in 1653 by Francesco Borromini for Cardinal Bernardino Spada.