Friday, April 29, 2016


The Giustiniani Bandini and the Brancaccio families
 “Portraits of Giuseppe Massani and his wife Elena Battistini” 1825/30 by an unknown nineteenth-century artist
“Graphite and pastel portrait of Giovanna Massani” about 1840 by Filippo Agricola (1795/1857)
“Bust of Maria Massani” about 1838 maybe by Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770/1844)
Three paintings representing the Princess Elizabeth Brancaccio 1879, 1884 and 1886 by Francesco Gai (1835/1917)
“Self-Portrait” 1916 by Francesco Gai
Prints and Photographs
The photographic portrait
Collection of photos and nineteenth-century clothing
G.B. Piranesi (1720/78), Bartolomeo Pinelli (1781/1835) and his son Achille Pinelli (1809/41) also the author of about 200 watercolors kept in the storage of museum representing façades of churches and Roman painted in the years 1826/35
Gipsoteca Pietro Tenerani (1798/1869)
Received as a donation to the museum in 1940
Collection of models and plaster models of busts, reliefs, statues full-length and monumental groups
“It illustrates almost all the production of the sculptor, a pupil of Bertel Thorvaldsen, participating in the climate of figurative renewal in the early decades of the century, based on the recovery of formal simplicity and ethical values of the primitive painting and Raphael, which will be encoded in the theoretical program of the Manifesto of Purism of 1842” (Brief Guide to the Museum of Rome)
Other Works in the Museum Storage
About 2,000 ceramics, about 1,000 books, about 600 pieces of antique furniture and about 1400 fragments from demolished Roman buildings including “Three fragments of mosaic” from the ancient Basilica of St. Peter
Tapestries and fabrics, including the “Six tapestry series of the Seasons with children gardeners” by the Gobelin manufactory from cartoons by Charles Le Brun (1619/90) the decorator of Versailles
Sheets of architects such as Filippo Juvarra (1678/1736), Nicola Salvi (1697/1751) and Luigi Vanvitelli (1700/73)
Terra cotta models including:
Several by Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598/1680), including one for the statue of “St. Longinus” in St. Peter
Models by Alessandro Algardi (1598/1654) and Melchiorre Caffà (1636/67)
A model by Camillo Rusconi (1658/1728) for the statue of Gregory XIII Boncompagni (1572/85)
A model by Filippo Della Valle (1698/1768) for a monument to Clement XII Corsini (1730/40)
A model for the bust of St. Charles Borromeo by Ercole Ferrata (1610/86)
Hundreds of paintings including:
“Orsini Family” by Marco Benefial (1684/1764)
“Crucifixion” 1671/72 maybe by Guillaume Courtois aka Borgognone (1628/79), the painting that Bernini wanted in front of him on his deathbed
It was in the Bernini family until 1986 when he entered the collections of the museum
“Both of the first biographers of Gian Lorenzo Bernini give news of the commission of a painting inspired by the design of the 'Blood of Christ', a work created by the artist meditation on the mystical vision that the newly canonized Maria Maddalena de' Pazzi had in 1585. Baldinucci writes that 'He wanted this pious meditation being even painted for him on a large canvas, which he always wanted to keep in the face of his bed in life and in death'“ (Gaia Bindi)
“Deposition” by Vincenzo Camuccini 1833 (1771/1844)
“Pius IX walking around the Garden of Pincio Hill” about 1864 by Pio Joris (1843/1921)
In the collection of the museum there are also paintings by Joshua Reynolds (1723/92), Girolamo Siciolante da Sermoneta (1521/80), Polidoro Caldara aka Polidoro da Caravaggio (about 1495/1543), Vincenzo Pacetti (1746/1820) and Francesco Trevisani (1656/1746)

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