The next stage is the Galleria Nazionale d’arte Antica in Palazzo Barberini, which gathers works by great masters of Italian and foreign painting, from the 13th to the 18th century. Here you can admire the paintings: “Judith and Holofernes”, which aroused at a particular surprise because of its realism and its crudeness; the “Narcissus”, sublime metaphor on beauty and love; and “St. Francis in meditation”, coming from the Church of St. Peter in Carpineto Romano. The itinerary continues with a visit to the Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo, one of the most beautiful churches in the centre of Rome. In the Cerasi Chapel, to the left of the main altar, you can admire two masterpieces by Caravaggio: the “Conversion of St. Paul” and the “crucifixion of St. Peter”. The original versions of the two works were rejected and the paintings currently present in the Church were made a second time.
After a walk in the park of Villa Borghese, the itinerary continues in the Galleria Borghese, whose collection was defined the most beautiful in the world. Inside is preserved the most numerous series of paintings of the artist; in fact there are six works of Caravaggio: “Young man with fruit basket”, “Sick Bacchus” (probable self-portrait as Bacchus), “The Madonna of the Palafrenieri”, “St. Jerome”, “Saint John the Baptist” and “David with the head of Goliath”, in which the artist portrays himself in the decapitated face of Goliath. Finally, our itinerary to discover the works of Caravaggio in Rome ends with a visit to the Vatican Museums, where one of the largest art collections in the world is kept. Here is the perhaps most monumental picture of the painter, the “Deposition of Christ”, one of the few works of Caravaggio to have aroused the admiration also of his contemporary critics.