Palazzo Carpegna, which stands a stone's throw away from the Trevi Fountain, boasts a beautiful example of the work of that genius of Baroque architecture, Francesco Borromini (1599-1667).
Although Borromini did not build Palazzo Carpegna, he did design the helical ramp that connects the ground floor to the first and the second floors. The arch leading to the ramp is richly decorated with stuccoes. Two inverted cornucopias frame the face of Medusa and a floral festoon hangs from the capitals; together they create one of Borromini's beloved ovals.
Since 1934 Palazzo Carpegna has been the seat of the Accademia Nazionale di San Luca (National Academy of Art).
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