Corsini Coat of Arms on Palazzo della Consulta in Rome, Italy

Many of the landmark buildings in Rome bear sculptural, self-serving praise for the original owners. Palazzo della Consulta is a great example. At the top are two trumpeting angels representing Fame. They flank the Corsini family coat of arms. This Florentine dynasty began in the late 12th century. For the next 800 years, they produced a long list of powerful and wealthy business owners, politicians and religious leaders. Above the heraldic shield are the papal symbols of a triple crown and the keys of Simon and Peter. These signify Clemente XII, a member of the Corsini family, pope from 1730 to 1740, and the client for building Palazzo della Consulta.

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Piazza del Quirinale, 41, 00187 Roma RM, Italy

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