Luigi Valadier: Splendor in Eighteenth-Century Rome

Plan to visit the Eternal City soon and want to get the most from your trip? There is a unique chance to see the priceless artworks by famous Italian sculptor from the 18th century.

The exhibition by Luigi Valadier: Splendor in Eighteenth-Century Rome (Splendore nella Roma del Settecento) in the Borghese Gallery runs from October 30, 2019 until February 2, 2020


Of the numerous artists who thrived in Rome during the eighteenth century, Luigi Valadier (1726–1785) was especially appreciated by popes, royalty, and aristocrats over Europe. Beneficiary to his father Andrea’s exceedingly successful workshop, Luigi had a fantastic specialized skill, which, combined with his avant-garde aesthetic, brought about in uncommon works in silver and bronze.

During his lifetime, Luigi’s acclaim and impact spread past the borders of Italy, and he gotten commissions from supporters in France, Britain, and Spain

He was, be that as it may, burdened by obligations for commissions attempted but never paid for, and, in 1785, he committed suicide, drowning himself within the Tiber. Taking after this appalling occasion, his workshop passed to his child Giuseppe.


Luigi Valadier was a versatile artist and the exhibition includes more than sixty works carefully chosen among the tremendous production of the workshop.

Preliminary drawings were shown nearby finished works, counting a full table centerpiece, or deser, made almost 1778 for the Bailli de Breteuil, in which, on a gilt-bronze base decorated with valuable stones, Valadier reproduced temples, triumphal arches, columns, and other smaller than expected representations of ancient Roman monuments.

The included objects too included finely worked silver plates, tureens, salt cellars, and other tablewares, which illustrated the advancement of Valadier’s fashion from Baroque to Rococo to neoclassical. Monochromatic silver objects were differentiated with polychrome works in gilt-bronze, marble, and valuable stones.

  • Luigi Valadier: Splendor in Eighteenth-Century Rome exhibition will be curated by Anna Coliva

How to Visit

Since the Borghese Gallery is one of the most famous Roman points of interest, booking of tickets in advance is mandatory and you won’t be able to go in without a pre-paid admission ticket.

The price is 22 euro for adults + 2 euro for booking fee and 2 euro for children under 18 years old (so only the booking fee is paid). EU citizens from 18 to 25 years old have reduced ticket cost option which is 11 euro + 2 euro booking fee. I advise you to book a ticket in advance to make sure that tickets for your date aren’t sold out, especially when such kind of important exhibitions take place.

Moreover, when you choose a ticket, you have to choose among several categories + pay 2 euro presale fee. The admission charge may be higher when there are temporary exhibitions. Tickets will not be refunded or exchanged.

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