Flaminio Ponzio in 1613.
Because I'm obsessed with floorplans I had to include these plans of the Villa. Above is the piano nobile or main floor which houses the bulk of the sculpture collection while the 2nd floor (or first floor to Europeans) houses the main painting collection. The ground basement level holds the typical museum cafe, giftshop, tickets, and offices.
The building itself is so ornate the artwork is almost secondary, despite being MAJOR art. I'm serious when I say it literally took my breathe away stepping into the first gallery and all of the people around me (there is timed entry with every group allotted 2 hours and you need every second of it). One enters through a rather plain stone basement and up a spare round stone staircase into the 2nd largest room in the villa (shown on the first floorplan as room IV)
Rape of Proserpina" from 1622.
Venus Victrix" or Venus Victorious modeled by Pauline Bonaparte / Borghese in 1808. Interesting to note that the base is actually painted wood and the marble is waxed so that it appears more lifelike.
David" from 1624. Compare this to the more famous David by Michelangelo and you will understand Bernini. Movement is everything, which in turn makes the sculpture appear more lifelike. Michelangelo's "David" is static and though while beautiful, far from life-like.
Apollo and Daphne" from 1625. In the story Daphne changes into a tree (Metamorphosis) and the sculpture captures the moment. This was by far the most crowded sculpture to try to see in the villa.
Jean-Antoine Houdon's very intense plaster sculpture of St John the Baptist. Can't you feel him reaching out even through the photograph?
Galleria Borghese. The surrounding gardens are a lovely way to spend a Roman (holi-)day.