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Become a patron: Make history by supporting the acquisition of a masterpiece 


The donations will contribute to the acquisition of an important work by Gian Lorenzo Bernini: the bronze bust of Urban VIII Barberini, executed in 1658 for Cardinal Antonio Barberini and currently owned by his descendants.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enhance the collection of the Galleria Borghese with a masterpiece by one of the artists most closely identified with it, Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
The person portrayed, Urban VIII, is a figure closely connected with the vicissitudes of Scipione Borghese’s collection, of which he was the inspiring theoretician. He likewise conceived and commented on the subjects portrayed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini in the monumental sculptures he executed as a very young man for the Villa Borghese, where they are still to be found.
The work is thus closely connected with the place that is waiting to host it. Therefore – in addition to the intrinsic art-historical value of the sculpture itself – the acquisition of the bust of Urban VIII would constitute an exceptional occasion, because of both the importance of the artist who executed it and the figure portrayed in it, and would fill the gap, for the Galleria Borghese, of not owning a portrait of Barberini along with those of the other illustrious protagonists of the Borghese court.   

The bronze bust of Urban VIII is a fundamental work in Bernini’s production, particularly within his portraiture of popes. It is documented and accompanied by a large bibliography. Posthumously commissioned from Bernini in 1656 by Cardinal Antonio Barberini and completed two years later, it has stayed ever since in the family through inheritance down to the current owner. Superbly portraying Urban VIII with his mozzetta and camauro on, and a heraldic bee in the center of the base characterized by the descriptive subtlety of several details, the work also maintains intact in the bronze rendering the expressive power of the terracotta model.

The work will have a most important place in the Collection, and donors will be officially mentioned, if they consent.


If you want to appear in the list of Galleria Borghese’s donors, download this form, fill it in and send it to

In addition to the tax breaks provided by the Art Bonus, Galleria Borghese wants to thank the donors in a more personal and direct way, also in relation to the relevance of the support given to this important initiative. To find out our welcome initiatives, send an email to

For any further information, send us an email to the above address, or​ visit this page





Your support can help the Galleria Borghese’s research and dissemination of knowledge.


Donations of money for the maintenance and restoration of public cultural property entitle donors to a tax credit. The tax break has been made permanent at 65% for donations in support of culture. Further information is available at



Individuals, firms, and associations can support the Galleria Borghese’s normal activities or specific projects, with the benefit of tax deductions in accordance with current law. For further information, contact


“Patrons” (Mecenati) and “Friends of the Gardens” (Amici dei Giardini”) are the two associations that support the Galleria Borghese. For further information go to