Palazzo Farnese

The high Renaissance palace of Palazzo Farnese in Rome houses the French Embassy at present. It was first designed for the Farnese family in 1517, and Palazzo Farnese took great shape after Alessandro Farnes got elevated as Pope Paul III in 1534. Several renowned architects were involved in the construction of this palace which had started off with Antonio da Sangallo the Younger to be followed by Michelangelo, Giacomo della Porta and Jacopo Barozzi da Vignola.

The alternating triangular and that of the segmental pediments seen capping the windows pertaining to the piano nobile is a prime architectural feature found on the main façade. The main rooms at the Palazzo Farnese were frescoed with that of allegorical programs as that included a series related to the frescoes on Hercules. Palazzo Farnese is thirteen bays wide and three storeys tall, as each storey unveil different window frames.

The crowning cornice had got enlarged by Michelangelo as a heavy shadow is cast upon the façade, and another prime feature at Palazzo Farnese happens to be that of the Galleria Carracci vault that was painted earlier by Annibale Carracci, as the gallery depicts a supremely pagan theme. The opulent salons here are some of the largest to be found in Rome as that includes the salon of Hercules, where the replica pertaining to ancient Farnese Hercules can be spotted.