Francesco Borromini is undoubtedly one of the greatest architects of the Baroque. A true innovator who took each work as a challenge that he had to overcome, always providing different creations. Something that we can discover in some of his most emblematic works such as the church of San Carlino or the complex of San Ivo de la Sapienza.
Borromini Spada Gallery
Well, here's another great example of that spirit of novelty and surprise thatBorrominialways applied to his creations. We are referring to theSpada Gallery, a Roman palace that was acquired byCardinal Bernardino Spadaand that he had restored with the intervention of our architect. And it was then that he did one of the most striking works of his. A gallery with forced perspective, to such an extent that seen from the outside it completely deceives us regarding its dimensions.
Currently the entire Palacio Spada houses an important collection of baroque art, with interesting painters, but no work exceeds the interest of this passage built by Borromini.
When you see it, it may seem to us that it reaches more than 35 meters, and yet in reality it is only 9 meters. artist domes like Lanfranco. But he uses the concept of perspective to bring it toarchitecture.
Creates a degradation in height of the colonnade, and also gradually lowers the height of the barrel vault with coffered ceilings. At the same time, the mosaic that forms squares on the pavement rises. And of course, it narrows the width of the gallery.
To get an idea, let's estimate that the statue at the end of the passage is only 60 centimeters tall, when in fact it seems life-size to us.
It's as simple as the principle of diminishing perspective. A work in which Borromini had the help of a mathematician, with which they conceived that kind of entertainment. But the truth is that the result is surprising and today it continues to amaze everyone who contemplates it.