- Great artists collaborated on the construction of Palazzo Farnese - Antonio da Sangallo was the first, having been commissioned by Cardinal Alessandro Farnese. Other contributors were Giacomo della Porta, and the great Michelangelo who redesigned the upper floors to make the palace taller and built the amazing cornice. The palace had already been enlarged in 1534 when Cardinal Farnese became Pope Paul III. On his death his two sons, Ranuccio and Odoardo, added more decoration inside to make the building yet more magnificent. When the Farnese family died out in the mid-18th c. the palace fell into decline and was only saved from further neglect when it became the French embassy in 1874. The embassy still resides in the palace and recently the main façade was restored.
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