Museo Pietro Canonica

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Museo Pietro Canonica
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1:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
1:00 PM - 6:30 PM
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1:00 PM - 6:30 PM
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1:00 PM - 6:30 PM
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1:00 PM - 6:30 PM
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1:00 PM - 6:30 PM
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The Museo Pietro Canonica, hidden in the greenery of the Villa Borghese, is an important example of the museological model of museums based on artist's houses, and in its integrity is one of very few examples in Italy. The museum collection consists primarily of works by Pietro Canonica: marbles, bronzes and original models, as well as a large number of sketches, studies and replicas which provide a complete journey through the evolution of this artist's works and is therefore an extremely interesting resource for learning about the creative and practical processes involved in creatying sculpture.
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MickCav
Crawley, UK185 contributions
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 !
Written March 12, 2020
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Robbiejohn
East Grinstead, UK72 contributions
Friends
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
Written September 13, 2019
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Jordan L
Toronto, Canada92 contributions
Solo
One of the free museums in Rome. Worth visiting. I'm not even a big sculpture fan but I really enjoyed learning and seeing his life's work. Also very interesting to see here is the artists apartment, which they let you into every 30 minutes (for free). You can get a glimpse of how the old apartments were decorated and furnished. This little tour takes you upstairs to the artist's apartment and to the downstairs basement where more sculpture are held.

On your own time you can also wander to the side apartment which is even older looking and even cooler in my opinion :)

Enjoy your visit!
Jordan
Written January 7, 2017
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dapper777
Monaco32,182 contributions
Friends
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.
Written November 15, 2020
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The Spanish Steps Apartment
Rome, Italy23,812 contributions
Couples
The Museo Pietro Canonica is a small but lovely museum within the Villa Borghese park.
The collection consists primarily of sculpture by Pietro Canonica, ranging from delicate, naturalistic carvings of children and busts of various nobility, to massive monuments for, among other places, Russia and Turkey. This museum is further interesting because it includes the artist’s private apartments (filled with art and antiques) and studio - they feel like a time capsule of a different world. The courtyard is also lovely, filled with a well and orange trees. Note that entrance is free with the Roma Pass (just make sure to use the Roma Pass here only after you have gone to your first two destinations).
Written February 24, 2014
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peyman y
Iran149 contributions
Family
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.
Written November 11, 2019
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Dora_n_crew
London, UK107 contributions
If you are taking some time off from the hectic Rome to have a little picnic in the Villa Borghese Park, visit this little museum, they have some amazing statues and a visit need only take about 15 minutes.
Written June 17, 2019
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marcus h
Greater London, UK24 contributions
Friends
Found by chance when urgently sèekeng a toilet. Small museum in midlle of Borgese park, outside is a statue of a military pack mule.
Large collection of very fine busts largely of women but high point for me was a side chamber with large group's of statues showing military subjects - all were informative and some moving.
The artist was previously unknown to me - I am glad that i now know of him - make sure to flick though the catalog on disply. Staff were informative and obviously enthusiasts. Well worth 40 minutes of your time and its free.
Written July 31, 2018
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Haim Shapira
30397130 contributions
Couples
A great surprise! After strolling Villa Borghese so many times, this time i decided to visit this small museum. it is a true gem. Pietro Canonica (1869 -1959) was a sculptor, a painter, a music lover and a composer. The museum is really inspiring - from women sculptors to large equestrian statues, loved them all.
BTW, The entrance is free! - you are invited to donate as you wish.
Written July 5, 2018
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Della G
Coquitlam, Canada808 contributions
Family
We stopped off at this small but interesting museum after our tour of the Borghese Gallery. We had no idea who Pietro Canoica was. This modern day early 20th century sculptor has produced some impressive pieces, many of famous statesmen, royalty, mounument pieces of the late 19th early 20th century. The admission is by donation. A very interesting discovery along our walk through the Villa Borghese.
Written December 29, 2016
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