Welcome to the apartments of the Palazzo Doria Pamphilj, home to princes and princesses since the second half of the 17th century, when Camillo Pamphilj had the ancient palazzo, known at the time as the Palazzo Aldobrandini, extended with these magnificent rooms that follow one after the other, and their adjoining intimate drawing rooms, until reaching the Gallery. The apartments, still home to the descendants of the family to this day, were decorated in different styles, until the refurbishment instituted by the Doria family after 1763, the year they moved to Rome after obtaining the recognition of their succession and fusion of their dynasty with the Pamphilj family. The splendid frescoed ceilings still show an interesting conspectus of Roman art from that period of the 18th century.
Come in and explore the apartments of the Doria Pamphilj princes.
- The Throne Room
- The room takes its name from the throne which is turned towards the wall. It is turned to face the room only in the event of a papal visit, according to an old Roman tradition. The ceiling was decorated by G. Agricola around 1768. The many water paintings of landscapes match the oil paintings of the nearby room. They are attributed mainly to F.B. Giovannini, the “household painter” of Cardinal Benedetto Pamphilj. Rich armchairs and consoles of the second half of the 17th century and early 18th furnish the room.
- The Blue Room
- The ceiling with Agar and the Angel is of P. Angeletti and is part of the cycle that was completed around 1768. On the walls, various 19th century portraits of Filippo Andrea V Doria Pamphilj and his family, mainly by A. Capaldi.
- The Green Room
- The room, whose ceiling is decorated by D. Corvi’s David and Abigail (ca 1768), has a marked Venetian-style taste with some extraordinary early 18th century pieces and some elements of the next century. Among the paintings the remarkable View of Piazza S. Marco, by J. Heintz the young, stands out.
- The Yellow Room
- On the ceiling, another painting of G. Agricola (Rebecca at the well, ca 1768). Remarkable 18th century tapestries manufactured by Gobelins hang on the walls, representing the 12 ancient gods. A Portrait of James Stuart, Catholic claimant to the throne of Scotland and England who died in Rome in 1766, is also visible.
- The red room
- This small room next to Venus’ toilet used to be a bedroom. The fresco represents Jacob’s Dream. In the middle of the room there is an amazing wooden engraved cradle, embossed and gilded. It was a cradle in which Giovanni Andrea, son of Andrea IV and Leopoldina of Savoia, born on the 14 of July 1768, were officially presented to Emperor Joseph II, who had accepted to become his godfather and had arrived in the Palace in the spring of 1769.