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Museo Pietro Canonica

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Museo Pietro Canonica

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dapper777 wrote a review Nov 15
Monaco22,469 contributions2,292 helpful votes
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Honestly I must say we didn't know it and therefore it was a pleasant discovery. Walking through Villa Borghese, we come across this house-museum dedicated to an almost unknown artist. It was a pleasure to look at the sculptures and get to know an Italian artist much appreciated abroad and by the Russia of the Tsars. It is located in viale Pietro Canonica 2, near the Temple of Antoninus and Faustina. The sculptor Pietro Canonica, of Piedmontese origin, chose Rome to spend the last years of his life. The small building that stands in the middle of Villa Borghese is the house where he lived. Closed by high crenellated walls like towers, hence the name “Fortezzuola” (Small fortress), it encloses a lovely garden inside. The artist settled there in 1926, four years after he had moved to Rome and after so much traveling. Here he lived and worked until his death in 1959. The remaining works constitute the first nucleus of the museum dedicated to him. His wife, who passed away in 1987, also wanted to donate the furnishings of the apartment where they had lived to the Municipality of Rome. The statues are arranged on the first floor: they are mainly plaster sketches of his works. There are also marble sculptures such as the statue 'The Abyss', perhaps his most famous work. The works cover a very vast period of time, ranging from the end of the 19th century to the 1950s and you can see the evolution of his style: from an evidently 'liberty' and symbolist one to a simplified and almost stylized one of the works of '58, a year before death. His atelier is located on the same floor. Admission is free. It is a nice little museum with many interesting sculptures and paintings. The time you need to visit the entire museum is about one hour, maybe less. Overall it is well maintained and is worth a visit.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Judy S wrote a review Mar 2020
wollongong46 contributions47 helpful votes
Prolific and talanted artist who has been somewhat overlooked,interesting history and some beautiful sculptural pieces-you can also tour his upstairs apartments(guided tour on the half hour)Situated in the Borghese parklands.This museum has free entry and is definitely worth a look.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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MickCav wrote a review Mar 2020
Crawley, United Kingdom186 contributions75 helpful votes
We were strolling through the Villa Borghese (it’s essentially a large park) when we literally stumbled across this lovely find. I’d heard of his works and it was a pleasure to see some of them in this quaint little museum which is probably too well hidden for it’s own good and free to enter although there is a place to leave a small contribution towards the upkeep. Do try and seek this place out !
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Date of experience: March 2020
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peyman y wrote a review Nov 2019
Iran136 contributions40 helpful votes
I think if everyone goes to visit villa borghese he should visi this small musium.it is free and full of sculptures and beautiful thinges.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Robbiejohn wrote a review Sep 2019
East Grinstead, United Kingdom69 contributions27 helpful votes
Having just visited the galleria Borghese we pondered having a look round- I confess I hadn’t heard of Pietro Canonica- entry was free which added to the appeal I was amazed by the realism of the depicted studies and the importance of his models in world history The skill of his sculpture was a wonder to behold and the ability to view his private apartments added an extra dimension to the tour - I’m very pleased to have discovered Pietro Canonica and will now undertake further research of his life and work
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Date of experience: September 2019
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