Thursday, October 12, 2006

Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna

Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna

This photo of the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna is part of one of the panoramic images found on the Tour of Rome. There are over 100 images taken from around Rome linked to an interactive map.

The Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna is slightly out of the centre of Rome, and away from the main tourist attractions. Public transport to the area is not amazing, but you can get there by bus or tram which leave from near Piazza del Popolo. The alternative is to walk through the Villa Borghese gardens, which in itself cam make for a welcome break from the crowds. Like all museums in Rome, entrance must be paid for.

The gallery contains arguably the most important collection of 19C and early 20C Italian art in the world – there are over 5,000 paintings, statues and other items on display here. The collection started in 1883 and moved to the present purpose built site (Palazzo delle Belle Arti) in 1911. It was expended in the 1930’s towards the rear as the collection grew, and now contains over 70 rooms.

The works are divided into 4 sections, the first part of the 19C collection is in the left wing featureing art from 1780-1880. The right wing houses the rest of the 19C with works dating from 1880-1910. The upper right wing houses the 1910-1950 collection and the upper left wing covers the 1950-1960’s. The central area between the two upper wings contains a sculpture gallery.

Among the artists featured are Balla, Boccioni, De Chirico, Morandi, Manzù, Burri, Capogrossi, and Fontana. Of particular interest are the La Signora dal Collaretto and large Nudo by Modigliani. Several other important sculptures, including one by Canova, are on display in the museum's gardens. It is possible, by appointment only, to see the collection of graphics, the storage rooms, and the Department of Restoration from Tuesdays through Fridays.

Nearby is also the Museo Etrusco di Villa Giulia.

A full panoramic image showing the Piazza Colonna is found on the Rome tour by An enlargement of this photo can be found on Flickr.

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