Architect : Peruzzi, Baldassare
Locality : Roma
Country : Italy
Building style : Renaissance
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“Completed in 1511, Agostini Chigi’s villa was sold in 1580 to Cardinal Alessandro Farnese, a grandson of Pope Paul III, and is now known as the Villa Farnesina. It houses the Gabinetto Nazionale delle Stampe (an extensive collection of prints) and provides an elegant setting for receptions of the Accademia dei Lincei. Chigi, inordinately rich, adorned the villa with splendid works by Francesco Penni, Peruzzi, Sodoma, Sebastiano del Piombo, Giulio Romano, Giovanni da Udine and Raphael, whose lovely Galatea is to be seen in one of the loggias. Raphael designed far more work for Chigi than he completed. The reason, according to Vasari, was Raphael’s passionate and distracting love-affair with the Fornarina, the baker’s daughter. It seems that Chigi eventually allowed the girl to come to live with Raphael in the villa.”
Hibbert, Christopher: Rome – The Biography of a City, Penguin Books, 1985, p. 351.
Ed. Katriina Puputti