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Hendrik Christian Andersen was a Norwegian-born American sculptor and painter whose travels brought him to Rome, which he then made his home. Upon his death in 1940, his home and belongings were bequeathed to the Government of Italy, after which his living quarters were transformed into a museum. Many of his own sculptures are housed here, as well as works by many contemporary artists. Andersen firmly believed in the concept of a 'World City', where the surroundings would be beautified with art, and which, in his mind, would lead towards a Utopian state. This theme is of the utmost significance in the gallery, filled as it is with monumental pieces on themes such as maternity and love, which would beautify the buildings in his ideal city.
The Carlo Bilotti Museum is housed in a restored 16th-century marble palazzo that was once the Villa Borghese’s aranceria, a store-house for oranges. Bilotti, an Italian-American, donated pieces of art by Andy Warhol, Gino Severini, Giacomo Manzù, and Larry Rivers, along with 18 works by Greek-Italian surrealist Giorgio de Chirico, that comprise the museum’s permanent collection. De Chirico’s sculpture, Hector and Andromache, stands outside the museum entrance.
Cesare Lampronti di Via del Babuino boasts antique origins, going back almost a century. It was founded in 1914 by Mr. Lampronti himself, succeeded by his son, Giulio, and then his grandson, also named Cesare, who is the current owner. Over the course of the decades, thanks to the interests and efforts of Mr. Lampronti, this antique gallery has been enriched with important artistic contributions, which range from luxury furnishings to sculpture, and above all: paintings. The director of the boutique gallery is very knowledgeable in the arena of 17th and 18th-century paintings. Lampronti s participates in some of the most noted antique shows, both in Italy and internationally.
Casa di Goethe located in Rome, is the place where the world famous German scholar Johann Wolfgang von Goethe resided with his writer friend Johann Tischbein when he came to Italy. People visit here during the cultural events to be part of the readings, discussions and speeches of artists and academicians. The updated reference library with its vast collection of books is a book lovers haven. A common sight here is the tourists and locals browsing through the expansive collection. Check the website for the schedule of events. Guided tours in English are also available for a fee.
The Ara Pacis Museum is one of the most beautiful museums in Rome, dedicated to the ancient Ara Pacis (Altar of Peace). The altar itself is from the year 9 B.C. The museum was designed by American architect Richard Meier, who created a wonderful space of light and shadow. The central pavilion holds the Ara Pacis, which is illuminated by natural light filtered through 500 square meters of glass.
Housed in a building that dates back to the 17th Century, this museum gives you a glimpse into the life of Giorgio de Chirico, an Italian artist who was a source of inspiration for the surrealists. The house, which he took possession of in 1948, is one he lived in for 30 years; after his death in 1998, his wife, Isabella Pakszwer Far bequeathed it to the state. At his residence, which is in the center of Rome, Chirico sincerely believed himself to be living in the center of the entire world. A part of Casa Museo Giorgio de Chirico houses the artist's personal collection of paintings, portraits and sculptures; the second floor is where his personal belongings and way of life have been preserved. The terrace on the third floor affords some amazing views of the city. Visits can be arranged only by appointment.
This is Italy's first collection dedicated to the decorative arts. It exhibits objects from architecture, fashion and design from 1700 to the modern day. One of the most famous pieces is the silver and gilded bronze cradle given by the Comune of Rome to King Vittorio Emanuele III and Queen Elena on the birth of Princess Iolanda. There are objects of glassware, pottery, furniture and clothes, some donated by famous designers such as Galitzine, Valentino, Lancetti, Gattinoni and the Fontana sisters. Admission: Free.
The collection at Museo Napoleonico was created by Count Primoli, the last descendant of the Primoli family. It includes portraits of Napoleon, and displays some of his personal items, such as the Indian scarf he wore during exile on St Helena. Besides uniforms and family portraits, there are plaster studies by Canova who immortalized Napoleon's sister, Pauline, in the famous statue on display in the Galleria Borghese. This museum includes not only mementos of the general but also objects belonging to his family who lived in Rome - his mother, Letizia, and his sister, Pauline, who married Prince Camillo Borghese.