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Museo Pietro Canonica
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 6 July 2018

A great surprise! After strolling Villa Borghese so many times, this time i decided to visit this small museum. it is a true gem. Pietro Canonica (1869 -1959) was a sculptor, a painter, a music lover and a composer. The museum is really inspiring - from women sculptors to large equestrian statues, loved them all.
BTW, The entrance is free! - you are invited to donate as you wish.

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Reviewed 2 March 2018 via mobile

The sculptures of Pietro Canonica were not something I knew but I have probably seen some before, as have you.
He lived to be 90 And was prolific.
His studio in the Borghese park is a delightful free museum and my wife and I spent much longer here than we expected to. In February we were the only visitors for much of that time.
The studio itself, left virtually as it was on the day he died in 1957 was my personal highlight, love the feeling of work in progress and tools just put down...

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Reviewed 1 March 2018

Pietro Canonica was a famed Italian sculptor in the early 20th century.

He obtained the concession to renovate Villa Borghese, a 16th-century building owned by the City of Rome (villa Borghese includes beautiful gardens and a lake) and used as administrative offices until it was abandoned in 1919 following a fire.

In exchange of the promise to donate his artworks to the city, Canonica was allowed to use the historical building as home and studio, which he repaired and decorated at his own expense. Now it is a museum to his work.

If I may say so, I enjoyed these scultptures far more than i did the ancient roman ones at many museums in Rome. It is not that they were necessarily better made (although I found no faults), but that the expression of the figure was one I related to much more. 'reflections'.. 'vigil to the soul..', 'the abyss', etc. The ancients were inscrutable in comparison.

Also very enjoyable were the artist's own rooms and furniture.. how he lived.. his workshop tools were there, and so were the models he created for many of his final works... fascinating.. i only wish we could only have seen a well mounted documentary on his life and times as well...

You can see more at 'Pietro Canonica's outstanding sculptures' at mygardenspace youtube channel.

Thank Hamesha I
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Reviewed 10 October 2017

it was thoroughly tremendous visit I was close to tears with emotion looking at the statue sculptures.

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Reviewed 1 July 2017 via mobile

This little visit a museum in Borgese the Villa Park is interesting and small and that you're passing by to go to a better historical site, you should stop here and take a visit. Interesting sculpture interesting history, a place that you will go on a leisurely afternoon on Saturday.

Thank Jon M
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