VIDEO: Restoring Rome’s Renaissance-era Carracci Gallery in the Palazzo Farnese

This video from the World Monuments Fund gives you a look at the successful project to restore the Carracci Gallery in the Palazzo Farnese of Rome, Italy.

This is one of the greatest surviving spaces from the Renaissance surviving in the Italian capital. First designed in 1517 for the Farnese family, the building expanded in size and conception when Alessandro Farnese became Pope Paul III in 1534, to designs by Antonio da Sangallo the Younger.

Its building history involved some of the most prominent Italian architects of the 16th century, including Michelangelo, Jacopo Barozzi da Vignola and Giacomo della Porta. Owned by the Italian Republic, it was given to the French government in 1936 for a period of 99 years, and currently serves as the French embassy in Italy.

Following a period of research and documentation, restoration work began in March 2014 and finished in 2015.

Featured image is a mid-18th-century engraving of Palazzo Farnese by Giuseppe Vasi.

Watch 13-minute video.

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