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Gallery Borghese and its Artworks of Gay Italian Painters

Gallery Borghese is situated in piazzale Scipione Borghese 5, inside the Villa Borghese in Rome. It was built in 1902 and its inside Villa Borghese.

Villa Borghese is one of the biggest parks in Rome and contains different types of gardens, from Italian to English style, also includes small buildings, fountains, lakes and a Zoo.  The Villa was ordered to build by Scipione Borghese, the nephew of the Pope V, and for whom he made a great fortune.

The Gallery has represented a place to show amazing artworks, since 2006 a project called “10 great exhibitions” has been realized inside the museum, in fact, there are artworks from the greatest artists like Raphael, Canova, Bernini, Correggio, Caravaggio, Tiziano and others.

Most of the paintings showed in this museum are very delicate, big and fragile, that makes them impossible to show in other exhibitions around the world.

Boy with a Basket of Fruit – Caravaggio
Young Sick Bacchus – Caravaggio

Inside you will find the artworks of one of the gay greatest painters of all times: Caravaggio. He used his lover as a model in different paintings. In the Gallery you can see the painting “Boy with a Basket of Fruit” or “Young Sick Bacchus” with poses erotically provocative.

Also, the paintings of the rival of Michelangelo, Raphael can be find inside the Gallery.

Selfportrait – Bernini
Scippione Statue – Bernini

You will be able to find another masterpieces of painters like Bernini, that were not gay but he was gay-friendly. Bernini’s brother was gay and that’s why he stayed surrounded by gay and lesbians during his life. Bernini’s protector was Scipione Borghese, and inside the Gallery you will find an sculpture of Scipione made by Bellini.

You can visit Gallery Borghese by metro, by tram or bus.

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