Now Accepting Reservations

October 14, 2009 / Art & Archaeology
Rome, Lazio
mystery-n-melancoly300While you might not be able to have an after-dinner drink with Giorgio de Chirico and his domineering wife, Isa (de Chirico passed away in 1978), you can still pop in for a visit… to their home.

On such a visit you’ll see his personal collection of paintings, spanning his entire artistic carrier, hanging as they were, from his livingroom to his own studio. Inside, besides de Chirico’s famous “metaphysical” paintings (inspired by the philosophy of a certain Frederic Nietzsche) and his fascinating geometric bronze statues, the remarkable thing is seeing how the artist actually lived: from his television set, to the dusty cocktail bottles, to the paint tubes he used, to the, um…strange, little, white, children’s room where he slept, right next door is his wife’s bedroom with its regal red, queen-sized bed. Any speculations?self-potrait-w-minerva300

These two photos of his paintings are from the Carlo Bilotti museum since no photography is allowed inside the foundation: Mistero e malinconia di una strada, fanciulla con cerchio (1960s); and  Autoritratto con testa di Minerva (1950s)

Fondazione Giorgio e Isa de Chirico. Piazza di Spagna, 31. The newly re-opened foundation accepts telephone reservations for guided tours from 10:00 to 1:00 p.m. only, Tuesday to Saturday. (+39) 06 6796546.

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by Alejandra Fabris

— Contributed by Alejandra Fabris, writer, American University of Rome Senior, Italian Notebook Editorial Intern.

2 Responses to “Now Accepting Reservations”

  1. Pat Ceccarelli
    Pat Ceccarelli

    Great info!! can’t waait to reserve and visit!! many thanks !Pat

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  2. Mary Lou Branson

    Donna Regina Bed and Breakfast in Napoli (located right next to the new Donna Regina Madre Modern Art Museum, on Via Septembrini) also has representative pieces from a famous Italian artist; there are many of his pieces shown both in the B & B (along with lovely antiques) and in the Art Museum. A delight!

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