The jaw-dropping frescoed-ceiling of the vast salone of Palazzo Barberini is the work of the great Baroque painter and architect Pietro Berrittini (1596-1669), better known as Pietro da Cortona.
The fresco was commissioned by Pope Urban VIII (r. 1623-44), a member of the Barberini family (whose heraldic triad of bees play a starring role in the painting), and created between 1633 and 1639.
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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