Friday, March 25, 2016



Begun in the years 1879/83 by Gaetano Koch (1849/1910) for Mary Elisabeth Field Princess Brancaccio renovating existing structures consisting of church, convent, orchard and garden of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Clare Mary of the Purification in the Monti neighborhood
1886/90 last and most impressive work by Luca Carimini (1830/90) completed, after his death, in the years 1893/1922 by Carlo Sacconi and Rodolfo Buti
The interiors were designed and furbished in the years 1909/12 by Francesco Gai (1835/1917) with new architectural details, paintings, a nympheum and a coffee-house in the garden
“Gai was an uninhibited decorator, who knew eclectically how to combine the rigor of the classical tradition of the sixteenth and seventeenth century with the unrefined taste of the owners, often undecided between the already dated atmosphere of Paris during the Second Empire, the neo-rococo more Austro-German than French, the temptation for the pagination and refinement of the late Piedmontese Baroque and finally the splendor of the Tuscan and Roman Baroque” (Official website of the museum -
The palace includes the TEATRO BRANCACCIO (Brancaccio Theatre) 1913/16 by Carlo Sacconi
Seat of the Istituto Italiano per l'Africa e l'Oriente (Italian Institute for Africa and the East) with a library of about 53,000 books and the


National Museum of Oriental Art 'Giuseppe Tucci'
The most important of its kind in Italy. It opened in 1958
It has been dedicated since 2005 to Giuseppe Tucci (1894/1984) one of the greatest scholars of Eastern Art of the twentieth century
It houses objects found by Italian archaeological expeditions in Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan, as well as items purchased by Giuseppe Tucci in Nepal and Tibet
Ancient Near and Middle East (2 and 3)
The ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean, the Iranian plateau and Central Asia are represented by ceramics, bronzes, precious metals and semiprecious stones dating from the sixth millennium BC to the seventh century AD
Sculpture “Queen of Palmyra” third century AD from Syria
Tibetan and Nepalese (4)
Paintings on cloth, metal alloy statues, ritual and everyday use objects, jewelry and furniture parts, from twelfth through nineteenth century
“Polychrome Golden Cup Mina'i” with Iranian knight about twelfth/thirteenth century
Gandhara Art (5 and 8)
The works, mostly from the excavations of the Italian Archaeological Expedition in Pakistan depict scenes from the life and history of previous lives of the Buddha, first/fourth centuries AD
“Maitreya seated in the lotus position” about second/fourth century from Pakistan (formerly Gandhara)
Islamic (1, 6 and 10)
Metals, glass and especially ceramics from Iran, from the early Islamic period to the Qajar (eight/nineteenth centuries) and artifacts from the palace of Mas'ud III at Ghazni in Afghanistan (twelfth century)
Indian (9)
Sculptures from different parts of the Indian subcontinent, which are mainly Brahmanical deities of the pantheon, such as Shiva and Vishnu and images of Buddha and Bodhisattvas dating from the eight to the eighteenth century AD
Southeast Asia, China and Japan (7 and from 11 to 15)
Rich collection of about 4,000 pieces dating from the third millennium BC to the end of the nineteenth century AD shown in rotation
It includes Neolithic vases, archaic ritual vessels, figurines of Buddha and bronze mirrors, paintings, prints, textiles, as well as glazed ceramics and porcelain
“Guanyin” about twelfth century, Chinese sculpture carved in wood with traces of gold
Photographic archives, specialized library, restoration workshop, archive of the eastern collections in Italy, service of bio-archaeology and electronic microscopy

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