Tuesday, August 30, 2016



1872/78 Raffaele Canevari (1828/1900)
Formerly known as PALAZZO DEL MINISTERO DELLE FINANZE (Palace of the Ministry of Finance)
FAÇADE ON VIA XX SETTEMBRE di Pietro Costa (1849/1901)
Finished only in 1881 for the identification and cataloging of the archaeological structures that were found, including remains of the Servian Wall and the Porta Collina (Collina Gate)
During the work there were many accidents with some workers dead and seventy injured: this gave the building the nickname of Palazzone delle Disgrazie (The big Palace of Misfortune)
It covers 36,000 m² (8.9 acres) of occupied area
It was the first ministry to be built in Rome as new capital of Italy
“The slowness of the works and the fact that it exceeded largely the budgeted costs were considered a disgrace by the public opinion, which saw in the palace the first and largest architectural work of the new Italian capital. The façade design was carried out by L. Martinori, who also designed the sculptural cycle of large curved gables started in 1876 together with the sculptor Garofoli. F. Pieroni designed the central courtyard with the fountain” (Guido Miano - Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani Treccani)
Frescoes by Domenico Bruschi (1840/1910) and Cecrope Barilli (1839/1911)
Frescoes by Cesare Mariani (1826/1901)
In this room the first ever Council of the Italian Ministers, to be held in Rome, met
Museo Numismatico della Zecca Italiana
Numismatic Museum of the Italian Mint
On the first floor
It contains about 20,000 works: over 10,000 coins exhibited in thirty-seven showcases, about 7000 medals, objects regarding coinage and models in wax
One room is dedicated to Benedetto Pistrucci (1784/1855) who made 425 models in wax for medals and cameos kept in the museum. He carried out most of his activities in London at the Royal Mint, where he made the gold sterling of which the museum displays the original model
Ninety-six models in wax for papal medals by Giuseppe Bianchi (1808/77) and his son Francesco Bianchi (1842/1918)
Monumento a Silvio Spaventa
Monument to Silvio Spaventa
In Piazza delle Finanze in the garden on the left
1898 Giulio Tadolini (1849/1918)
Silvio Spaventa was minister of finance in the years 1873/76
Monumento a Quintino Sella
Monument to Quintino Sella
In Piazza delle Finanze in the garden on the right
1893 Ettore Ferrari (1845/1929) with allegorical group “Law” and “Genius of Finance”
Quintino Sella was the Finance Minister who achieved a balanced budget at the cost of tax increases, including the tax on flour
He was an experienced mountaineer and founded in 1863 the Club Alpino Italiano (Italian Alpine Club)

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