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Flavia De Nicola
Humboldt Colloquium “Research Collaborations in Transition – Opportunities and Challenges for the Humboldt Network”, Flash Talk, Rome, 21 – 23 September 2023
Publication year: 2023


EN – In the context of the Borghese papal family’s history in Baroque Rome, I am presenting the findings from my doctoral research focused on the little-known “golden age” period of the Borghese’s extra-urban Villa Mondragone on the Tusculan hills, from 1613 to 1865. Previous scholarship on this topic has been constrained by fragmented evidence. My research is founded on the discovery of original manuscript documents dispersed across various historic archives. Through this process, I successfully addressed lingering inquiries pertaining to the identification, dating, authorship, as well as the symbolic and social significance of the artworks collected or commissioned for the adornment of the villa.


  • History of Collecting;
  • Borghese patronage;
  • History of Architecture;
  • Villa Mondragone.