With this massive tome Christina Strunck presents the first study of the Galleria Colonna, the most significant architectural feature of the eponymous princely palazzo in Rome. The gallery's huge dimensions and opulent decoration make its counterparts in the palaces of the Pamphilj and Farnese families seem intimate by comparison. Measuring approximately 213 feet long, 36 feet wide, and 43 feet high (65 ×× 11 ×× 13 m), the Galleria Colonna competes with the Galerie des Glaces, or Hall of Mirrors (240 ×× 34 ×× 40 ft., 73 ×× 10.5 ×× 12 m), its better-known rival at Versailles. Although Strunck muses briefly about the relationship between these more or less contemporaneous works, her claim that the gallery at Versailles is dependent on that of the Palazzo Colonna calls for more explanation than is offered (365––66).

Detailed attention is paid to the Galleria...

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