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This classic example of Italian renaissance style was built along the Tiber river, at the foot of the Gianicolo, by Baldessare Peruzzi (1508-11), to serve as the Roman residence for the Sienese banker Agostino Chigi. Its architectural development and sober decoration harks back to Florentine culture of that time.
The front fašade is punctuated by two avancorpi (protrusions) and the cornice comes alive with a decorated band that runs along the entire surface. The entrance leads to the loggia, with its rich marbles, attributed to Rafael, Giulio Romano, as well as the collaborators of 'La Favola di Psiche' (the tale of Psyche). In the room next to the salon are outstanding examples of frescos by Rafael (Galatea), B. Peruzzi (Constellations), and Sebastiano del Piombo (Polyphemus and Scenes from a metamorphosis).
On the upper floor is found the Salone delle Prospettive Architettoniche (the room of architectural perspective) by B. Peruzzi and others, along with the bedroom, adorned with a fresco by Sodoma entitled: Nozze di Alessandro e Rossana (The Wedding of Alessandro and Rossana.
In 1580 the palace passed into the hands of the Farnese family, whose original palace is located on the other side of the river.
The Borbone family from Naples bought it in 1731. It presently houses the Accademia dei Lincei.

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