Zeri and the Pamphilj Princes’ Gallery

Zeri and the Pamphilj Princes’ Gallery
30 August 2021 Alessandra Mercantini

“The important thing is that today one enters the Gallery … through the old entrance, that is, the grand staircase that leads immediately into a series of rooms, grand antechambers, especially that of Poussin. Through this entrance, one has the idea of royalty and magnificence that was previously completely lacking in the Gallery, a perfect introduction …” Federico Zeri

This is how the great connoisseur and art historian expressed himself in the RAI documentary made in 1996 by Anna Maria Bianchi, on the occasion of the reopening of the Doria Pamphilj Gallery to the public after a major and demanding restoration of both the interior spaces and the museum layout:


Federico Zeri, one of the greatest connoisseurs and art historians of the 20th century, was born in Rome on 12 August 1921. Zeri was a complex, contradictory man, with a strong character and incorruptible spirit. As a young graduate in 1945, he turned to the world of international connoisseurship, acting as advisor to major antiquarians, collectors and museums throughout the world. Zeri drew up the catalogues of important collections and museum collections, and mapped the most precious Italian places and landscapes that are less well-known to the general public, convinced that if you do not know things, you cannot save them.

In the year of the celebration of his First Hundred Years, Rai Cultura has decided to pay tribute to his figure with a SPECIAL FEDERICO ZERI 1921-2021 I PRIMI CENTO ANNI edited by PAOLA SCREMIN.