|This lovely lady is in the Barracco Museum.|
|On the wall behind, a view of Barone Barracco's|
original private museum.
On the day I visited in the high tourist season I was the only one there, apart from couple of bored docents. I just walked from room to room - it’s not a large museum - trying to stop my jaw from dropping too much....
From the website:
“Barone Giovanni Barracco donated his personal collection to the city of Rome in 1902 together with the building which housed it at that time, which was built by the Architect Koch on Corso Vittorio Emanuele and demolished in 1938 when this area was redeveloped. In 1948 the collection was rehoused in its present building, "The Piccola Farnesina" or "Farnesina dei Baullari", attributed to Antonio da Sangallo the Younger.
The original building, which has bossed stonework on the ground and upper floor, was given a new facade on Corso Vittorio Emanuele between 1898 and 1901 by Enrico Gui.”
|Small but exquisite: Barracco Museum.|
|Ancient Egyptian head: Barracco Museum, Rome.|
Museo di Roma
|Antonio Canova, self portrait, 1811-1812|
This is the city’s official museum for things that aren’t ancient, Papal, or really, really, famous. It's just off Piazza Navona, which you can see from its windows. A stroll through its galleries fills in all those other years - the Popes after the Renaissance; the ‘modern’ Roman Senate; the 18th century ‘Grand Tourists’; what happened when Napoleon arrived; (good) plaster copies of antiquities made for the 18th and 19th century tourist trade; 19th century art showing views of Rome as it looked then. An hour well spent, in the lovely Palazzo Braschi, with a very grand staircase.
Again, I was the only visitor. Here's the website.
|Ippolito Caffi 'Interior of the Colosseum' 1857|
|Willelm van Nieulandt 'View of Piazza del Popolo' Early 17th century.|
|Giovanni Paolo Panini - an ink drawing from 1749.|
|Factory of Giovani Volpato c.1786|
|The staircase of Palazzo Braschi.|