Music and Myth in Raphael's Frescoes

Enjoy this guided tour with an art historian accompanied by a live performance of Renaissance and Baroque music


Relive the charming atmosphere of the Raphael's time inside the wonderful Villa Farnesina wherein some of the most important frescoes by Raphael such as "The Triumph of Galatea" and "The Three Graces" are preserved.
The Villa, located in Trastevere, is the Grand home of one of the most important families in Roman history.
A wonderful visit accompanied by a live performance of Reinassance music played with period instruments in the Halls of the Palace which will culminate with a final concert inside the prestigious Federzoni Hall.

Where: Villa Farnesina, Via della Lungara 230 (Trastevere), Rome
When: each second Sunday of the month at 5:30pm, during the special opening of the Palace


  • Entrance to the museum
  • Guided tour with an art historian in English language
  • Introduction to the musical programme
  • Live Baroque music on original instruments in some halls of the museum
  • Final concert in a reserved Hall

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Music and Myth in Raphael’s Frescoes

Renaissance and Baroque music for soprano voice, recorder, traversa, percussions, lute, and the Renaissance and Spanish guitar by Marenzio, Monteverdi, Caroso, Negri, Praetorius, Caccini, Frescobaldi, Dowland, Vecchi, Gastoldi, Ortiz.

Music performed live by the renowned Schola Romana Ensemble, our resident ensemble for Renaissance and Baroque music.


The villa was built for Agostino Chigi, a rich Sienese banker and the treasurer of Pope Julius II. Between 1506–1510, the Sienese artist Baldassarre Peruzzi, pupil of Bramante, aided perhaps by Giuliano da Sangallo, designed and erected the villa. The design of this suburban villa was a novelty, as Renaissance palaces typically faced onto a street and were decorated versions of defensive castles - rectangular blocks with rusticated ground floors enclosing a courtyard. This villa, intended to be an airy summer pavilion, presented a side towards the street and was given a U shaped plan with a five bay loggia between the wings. In the original arrangement, the main entrance was through the north facing loggia which was open. Today, visitors enter on the south side and the loggia is glazed.

Chigi also commissioned the fresco decoration of the villa by artists such as Raphael, Sebastiano del Piombo, Giulio Romano, and Il Sodoma. The themes were inspired by the stanze of the poet Angelo Poliziano, a key member of the circle of Lorenzo de Medici. Best known are Raphael's frescoes on the ground floor, with the one in the loggia depicting the classical and secular myths of Cupid and Psyche, and the Triumph of Galatea. This, one of his few purely secular paintings, shows the near-naked nymph on a shell-shaped chariot amid frolicking attendants and is reminiscent of Botticelli's Birth of Venus.

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