Museo Pietro Canonica

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Museo Pietro Canonica
4.5
13:00 - 18:30
Tuesday
13:00 - 18:30
Wednesday
13:00 - 18:30
Thursday
13:00 - 18:30
Friday
13:00 - 18:30
Saturday
13:00 - 18:30
Sunday
13:00 - 18:30
About
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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dapper777
Monaco32,121 contributions
Sep 2020 • 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 15 November 2020
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Judy S
Wollongong, Australia46 contributions
Mar 2020
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.
Written 14 March 2020
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MickCav
Crawley, UK185 contributions
Mar 2020
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 12 March 2020
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peyman y
Iran149 contributions
Nov 2019 • 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 11 November 2019
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Robbiejohn
East Grinstead, UK72 contributions
Sep 2019 • 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 13 September 2019
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Dora_n_crew
London, UK107 contributions
Jun 2019
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 17 June 2019
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NZSITM
San Francisco, CA362 contributions
Apr 2019 • Solo
Located inside Villa Borghese Park, the museum has a charming, small and quiet garden with benches for a good picnic lunch. The home houses beautiful sculpture collections. There are free admission and free, clean toilets inside. I enjoyed looking at the beautiful sculptures and taking pictures for 45 minutes. Then I ate my picnic lunch and bird watched in the garden. Thank you Rome for this pleasure.
Written 16 May 2019
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nellielim
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia4,110 contributions
Oct 2018 • Family
Tucked away in the park of Villa Borghese is this museum showcasing the works of the 19th century sculptor and musician. Beautiful sculptures in bronze and marble, sketches and drawings and his private apartment furnished with antiques and paintings make this a worthwhile visit. Entrance is also free.
Written 4 December 2018
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J-J2030
Lancefield, Australia270 contributions
Apr 2018
This sculpture museum was recommended by a friend, and was free. Plus it was within walking distance of the Galleria Borghese. Clearly Pietro Canonica was a gifted sculptor and the museum displays a great variety of his works. Well worth a visit.
Written 11 October 2018
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marcus h
Greater London, UK24 contributions
Jun 2018 • 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 31 July 2018
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