Beni Culturali Soprintendenza Speciale per il Patrimonio Storico Artistico ed Etnoantropologico per il Polo Museale della città di Roma

Forced Perspective Gallery

Francesco Borromini’s famous Colonnade, also known as “The Perspective”, is one of the greatest examples of Baroque illusionism, as well as one of the highest achievements of the great architect.

Built in 1653 for Cardinal Bernardino Spada, the Perspective still retains its formidable ability to deceive the viewer, since the short gallery is perceived as a long colonnade through a series of skilful tricks. Originally, it was completed by a painting simulating a forest on the back wall; in the mid 19th century, Prince Clemente Spada, with exquisite theatrical taste, added the statue of a warrior who, although gigantic in the background, actually has a very small size.

The wonderful architectural device is also and above all a moral warning: the greatness of the things of the world is, in reality, only appearance.

Francesco Borromini -  La Prospettiva

Mibac Minerva Europe Museo & Web
Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali
Via del Collegio Romano, 27
00186 Roma, Italia
tel. 39 06 67231
www.beniculturali.it

© Tutti i diritti riservati
Direzione Musei Statali della Città di Roma
Piazza San Marco, 49
00186 Roma, Italia
e-mail:
dms-rm@beniculturali.it
Galleria Spada
Piazza Capo di Ferro, 13
00186 Roma, Italia
tel. 39 06 6874896
e-mail: dms-rm.galleriaspada@beniculturali.it



 

     

  Valid XHTML 1.0 Strict CSS Valido!

Copyright 2005 Ministero per I beni e le attività culturali

Page created 11/04/2020, last change 21/04/2020