A sculpture in the Museo Pietro Canonica.

Museo Pietro Canonica , Rome

A sculpture in the Museo Pietro Canonica.
A sculpture in the Museo Pietro Canonica.

One new discovery for me on  this trip to Rome was the Museo Pietro Canonica. Pietro Canionica (1869 – 1959) was a celebrated Italian sculptor, painter, and composer. It’s a wonderful small and free museum in the Villa Borghese Park.  A quiet place to sketch from his brilliant sculptures.

From Wikipedia: He was professor of sculpture at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia (1910) and later at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma. He was in the first cadre of members named to the Royal Academy of Italy in 1929, and a member of the Accademia Nazionale di San Luca (1930).

Pietro Canonica Studio.
Pietro Canonica Studio.

“In 1937, he managed to obtain the concession to renovate … a 16th-century building” within the current Villa Borghese Park. “In exchange of the promise to donate his artworks to the city, he was allowed to use the historical building as home and studio, which he repaired and decorated at his own expense. The unusual architectural construction within the Villa Borghese gardens, called also “La Fortezzuola”, has been a museum since 1961 dedicated to his name, exhibiting studies, models, sketches, casts and original works of the artist. His wife donated the valuable furnishings and paintings found in their private section after her death in 1987.”

Here is the Museum web-site.

The address is Viale Pietro Canonica (Piazza di Siena) 2 – 00197 Roma.

Hours: Tuesday-Sunday:
– from October to May: 10:00 – 16:00 (last admission: 15:30);
– from June to September: 13:00 – 19:00 (last admission: 18:30);

Here is a gallery of my  photos of the Museum interior:

Of course, I sell my work. If your interested in purchasing paintings, and supporting my endeavors,  take a look at my online shop here.  If you don’t see a specific painting you liked of mine in the  shop, please inquire, I may just have not put it up.

Originally posted on stephangiannini.com



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