Characters That Capture The Imagination

I visited the wonderous Borghese Gallery and gardens in Rome this summer for the first time. Originally a powerful merchant family from Sienna, the Borgheses moved to Rome in the 16th century. Cardinal Scipione Borghese, nephew to Pope Paul V (reign 1605–1621), built this breathtakingly grand palazzo in an effort to expand the family’s influence and telegraph their wealth at a time when art was at the very centre of power, government, and civic life.

*This article is published by Open Book during my November 2022 writer-in-residence appointment. To read it, please visit Open Book.

Characters That Capture The Imagination
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