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The Sacred and the Sexual

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 7 reviews.Rome, Italy

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Experience hosted by Christiaan

2 hours
Includes tickets
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English, Spanish

What you'll do

Discover sexuality in christian art

Discovering this unique art collection we will focus on the development of European taste in matter of nudity, sexuality and love to find out that both profane and sacred art pieces are valuable historic sources to comprehend the morality of the European society through the centuries.

What's included

  • Tickets
    tickets to the museum
From $43
/ person
No dates available

Meet your host, Christiaan

Host on Airbnb since 2015
  • 7 Reviews
  • Identity verified
Hi! I am Christiaan, an art, history and food lover born and raised in Rome. I am an official licensed tour guide of the City and I am graduated in History of Christian Art in Italy and at the Vatican.
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Where you'll be

Palazzo Barberini is an an extraordinary palace and hosts the National Collection of Renaissance and Baroque art.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 7 reviews.

Sandra
November 2019
The tour of Palazzo Barberini (Palace) was thrilling, discovering masterpieces of painting and architecture, new to me. Guide Christaan told of the dynamics between Popes, rich benefactors, and the unbelievably gifted artists who created the beauty we see in Rome today. He explained how the theologian debates on the nature of Christ resulted in centerpiece nudes hanging in the Palazzo today. I seldom take tours but this one was invaluable to me. Christiaan is an art historian and lively storyteller. Let him guide you to the fresco vaulted ceiling of the Palazzo Barberini reception hall and then try to tear yourself away.
The tour of Palazzo Barberini (Palace) was thrilling, discovering masterpieces of painting and architecture, new to me. Guide Christaan told of the dynamics between Popes, rich…
Michael
September 2019
Christiaan was an excellent host. When I asked about a sculpture related to the topic, he adjusted the schedule to accommodate seeing Bernini’s Ecstasy of St Theresa. He made it the perfect ending to the tour. Because I learned so much about the Barbarini family, I was surprised by how often that knowledge helped me in future locations around Rome.
Christiaan was an excellent host. When I asked about a sculpture related to the topic, he adjusted the schedule to accommodate seeing Bernini’s Ecstasy of St Theresa. He made it th…
Flora
January 2019
It was a sheer privilege and joy to spend two hours with Christiaan going through the rooms of the Barberini palace, looking at the art and thinking about how the changing ideology of Christianity influenced the contemporaneous art.
Marko
July 2018
This tour with Chris was one of the Best parts of our trip. He was extremely knowledgeable, entertaining and gave us great tour of the museum. He was also really helpful and willing to adjust to our packed schedule. We really enjoyed the tour and definitely will book it again when we return!
This tour with Chris was one of the Best parts of our trip. He was extremely knowledgeable, entertaining and gave us great tour of the museum. He was also really helpful and willin…
Nicola
April 2018
Christiaan is special, he has a great knowledge of history and art and explains things, also with anectotes and curioisities, making you passionate about them. My girlfriend and I were really enthusiastic. The art collection is extraordinary itself but the real added value was to discover the masterpieces through an uncommon history tour, which allows you to understand aspects and features of today's European morality. Higly recommended.
Christiaan is special, he has a great knowledge of history and art and explains things, also with anectotes and curioisities, making you passionate about them. My girlfriend and I…
Fiamma E Debora
February 2018
Visitare Palazzo Barberini è stato come fare un meraviglioso viaggio nell'arte. Chris mi ha accompagnata attraverso un percorso nel tempo spiegandomi con grande passione le bellissime opere d'arte presenti nel museo. Sono tornata a casa felice ed appagata
Visitare Palazzo Barberini è stato come fare un meraviglioso viaggio nell'arte. Chris mi ha accompagnata attraverso un percorso nel tempo spiegandomi con grande passione le belliss…

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 18 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

More tips

Just bring your camera and a lot of curiosity

What to bring

bring an ID if possible