In 1730 the Venetian architect Nicola Michetti (1675-1758) was commissioned to add a new wing to the Palazzo Colonna. Only the south-east pavilion of the wing has survived unchanged. The upper room, which is known as the Coffee House, is a perfect example of a style of art known as the Rococo.
The decoration of the vaulted ceiling, the work of the painter Francesco Mancini (1679-1758), depicts the the myth of Psyche.
My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private walking tours of Rome.
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