Caravaggio's works in Rome
Michelangelo Merisi, known as Caravaggio, is definitely one of the most important characters of Italian painting. Famous and admired worldwide for its overwhelming and impetuous painting (as indeed was his life) and for the revolutionary representation of light in his paintings, Caravaggio was active for many years in Rome; and here in Rome a huge part of his works are kept.
Hotel Gregoriana decided to unveil to our dear guests an alternative route on the trails of Caravaggio; visiting the places where his works are displayed, you will find, in addition to renowned museums and galleries, less known corners of Rome and true hidden gems, some even with free admission and many of them just a few minute walk from our hotel.
Near Hotel Gregoriana
… Such as the Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo, in Piazza del Popolo, which houses two famous works in oil on canvas by Caravaggio, The Crucifixion of St. Peter and the Conversion of St. Paul. Take the opportunity to visit the Basilica and its opposite "Twin Churches" on the other side of Piazza del Popolo, wonderful examples of Baroque architecture and sculpture.
The National Gallery of Ancient Art at Palazzo Barberini, a short walk from us, exhibits works by Caravaggio, Narcissus and Judith and Holofernes; here you can also see works by artists such as Bernini, van Dyck, Holbein, Beato Angelico, Lippi, Lotto, Preti, Poussin, El Greek, Raphael, Tiepolo, Tintoretto, Rubens, Murillo, Ribera and Titian.
Here we are then at the famous Galleria Borghese (Borghese Gallery), where, in addition to other works of almost all the above mentioned artists, you will find 6 paintings by Caravaggio among the most popular in his career: Boy with a Basket of Fruit, Sick Bacchus, Our Lady of the Grooms, Saint Jerome Writing, San John the Baptist, David with the head of Goliath.
In the nearby Church of Santa Maria Immacolata in Via Veneto you can find the painting of Caravaggio's Saint Francis in Prayer.
In the nearby Casino of Villa Ludovisi you can admire the only wall painting done by Caravaggio, Jupiter, Neptune and Pluto.
At the Galleria Doria Pamphili in Via del Corso, you can admire, as well as paintings by Lippi, Lotto, Domenichino, Guercino, Titian, Parmigianino (to name a few), the works of Caravaggio: Rest on the Flight into Egypt, Penitent Magdalene, St. John the Baptist.
Between Piazza Navona and the Campidoglio
The Contarelli Chapel inside the Church of San Luigi dei Francesi near Piazza Navona (Navona Square), there’s a Caravaggio's frescoes triptych on the life of St. Matthew.
Also in the Basilica of St. Agostino in Campo Marzio, always near Piazza Navona, the painting of the Madonna of Loreto by Caravaggio is accompanied with a fresco by Raphael and a statue of Jacopo Sansovino.
Finally in the Pinacoteca Capitolina you can admire the works of Caravaggio St. John the Baptist and Buena Ventura; take the opportunity to visit the adjacent Capitoline Museums, one of the most important places as far as concerns the Ancient Rome art and to enjoy the beauty (and the view) of the Campidoglio hill.
Caravaggio is all around us, discover it, come to Hotel Gregoriana!