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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.

The Room of the fireplace

The Room of the fireplace

The Room of the fireplace is so called because of its monumental fireplace in volcanic stone, created in 1581, which comes from Vetralla (in the region around Viterbo where the artist had a villa).
In the reception hall, which is fitted out with precious furniture from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, are displayed various works in marble and bronze and a number of sketches for sculpture executed by Pietro Canonica. Among the paintings on display are a portrait and a self-portrait by the artist. Also displayed here are two watercolour sketches for title page of the score and for the scenography of The Wife of Corinth (1918) and the Medea (1953), musical works by Pietro Canonica (who also oversaw the scenographic fittings).

P. Canonica, 1908
inv. C. 519
P. Canonica
inv. C. 522
Renato Frediani, 1964
inv. C. 523
Pietro Canonica, 1956
inv. C. 670
XIX secolo
inv. C. 735
inv. C. 730
Guido Fulignot, Dated to before 1951
inv. C. 311
P. Canonica, 1903
inv. C. 561
P. Canonica, 1905
inv. C. 389

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