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The private apartment

In the oldest wing of the building is the apartment in which Pietro Canonica lived and worked from the 16th August 1927 until the 8th June 1959, the day on which he died. The apartment was opened to the public in 1988 and became part of the museum’s itinerary after the death of Maria Assunta Riggio Canonica, the artist’s second wife, who continued to live in the house after the sculptor’s death. Signora Riggio was indeed nominated “Honorary Conservator” of the Canonica Archive by the Municipality of Rome.
The rooms of the appartment were restored and completely furnished by Pietro Canonica in an XVIII century Piedmontese style, giving pre-eminence to a conception of the representative spaces which proclaim his public image. These rooms, therefore, mirror the spirit of the artist, his times and his social circle, creating in the wide spectrum of Roman museums a unique example of a museum-house.

Corridor first floor

Corridor first floor

At the beginning of the Corridor on the first floor there is console with a large pier glass, decorated with inlays, lacquered and gilded, made in the full rococco style by Piedmontese workman. In the centre of the glass is a medallion with a portrait of Vittorio Emanuele I of Savoy. This piece of furniture was bought by the artist, together with four doors with with lintels and the door giving access to the second landing, at an auction at the Royal Palace in Turin.

Various paintings and drawings follow in succession along the walls of the corridor, works by Enrico Gamba, Antonio Fontanesi, Jan Dirk Both, Giovan Battista Quadrone and J. Jaques Callot. Also worth attention is the lingerie chest on the right wall, made of inlaid ebony and gilded bronze, tessellated with tortoise shell, in the Napoleon III style and of French manufacture, datable to the second half of the nineteenth century.

Scuola francese, XVII century
inv. C. 27
Antonio Fontanesi, c.1880
inv. C. 80
Jan Dirk Both, XVII century
inv. C. 277
Enrico Gamba, c.1868
inv. C. 370
Charles Nicolas Chochin, Mid XVIII century
inv. C. 237
Enrico Cadolini, attribuito a, 1857
inv. C. 272
G. Piumati, c. 1889-95
inv. C. 95
Antonio Privitera, post 1928
inv. C. 295
Giovan Battista Quadrone, 1894
inv. C. 30
Giovan Battista Quadrone, c. 1884
inv. C. 19
Giovan Battista Quadrone, 1886-88
inv. C. 40
F. Jacques Callot, post 1622
inv. C. 213-221
Manifattura francese, XIX century
inv. C. 241

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