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The Casino Borghese was built by wishes of cardinal Scipione Borghese Caffarelli by the architects Giovanni Vasanzio and Flaminio Ponzio. The authors of the age often describe with admiration the richness of the villa and also the remarkable collection of statues and paintings housed in the building. The artistic collection of the original villa was increased and enriched, through the years, mostly in the beginning of the XIX cent. when the Duca Marcantonio Borghese began excavations in the territories possession of the family, during which numerous ancient statues were found. In addition to this many princes and nobles, who wished to contribute to the fame of the collection, offered important works of art. Although, in the beginning of the XIX cent., the collection suffered a considerable loss because of the wedding that occurred in 1803 between the Duca Camillo Borghese and Napoleon’s sister, Paolina Bonaparte, woman of renowned beauty. In this occasion the Emperor persuaded his brother-in-law to “offer” some pieces to the Louvre of Paris.

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Antonio Canova - Venere Vincitrice (Paolina Borghese) 1801, marmo, cm.185,
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Antonio Canova - Venere Vincitrice (Paolina Borghese) 1801, cm.185,
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