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The Mario Praz Museum

by Louisa Klein

Ok, so on bank holiday in Italy, it’s IMPOSSIBLE and I really mean IMPOSSIBLE to visit the Vatican Museum. I mean, unless you’re Harry Potter and you can apparate anywhere you want, just FORGET to visit said museums the weekend before 8th December. So,  decided to be an outsider even in matter of museums and followed a friend’s advice and went to the Mario Praz Museum. This is a house museum, which means that the very house of Mario Praz was turned into a museum after his death. But who was this man? He was a very famous Italian scholar and Anglicist who lived between Rome and the UK. He was one of the first scholars of comparative literature, making clever comparisons between English and Italian literature. He was also a very established expert and collectors of 18th and 19th century antiquites, which is why his house was turned into a museum in the early 80s. Have a look at the photos below and you’ll understand why:
What do you think, would you like to sleep in a bedroom like this?
 
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This is a detail of the bedroom’s door.
 
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One of the paintings hanging there:
 
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He was also a collector of old books, antique libraries filled with old and ancient books are everywhere in the house. Check this out!
 
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Some of his books …
 
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The antique chandelier (early 19th century)
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And this is a shot taken from his study! What do you think? Would you like to write in a such a gorgeous place? Personally, I would be distracted by all these amazing antiques!
 
 
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In the music room, you can see his piano, shaped like an ancient Greek lyre. Isn’t that amazing? I wouldn’t dare touching such a beauty, let alone playing it! 🙂
 
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And have a look at the ceiling! Cool eh?
 
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And last, but definitely NOT least, these two gorgeous statues of Cupid. The one below is called “Hunting Cupid” and was made by Adamo Tadolini (1788-1868) who was Canova’s favourite apprentice.
 
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The second statue is as beautiful, but definitely more sad. It represents a disappointed Cupid that breaks his bow and arrows in anger. There’s nothing more bitter than someone who got so heartbroken, that decided never to love again. This statue is by  Tito Angelini (1806–1878).
 
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If you’d like to visit the museum, here’s te address  Via Zanardelli 1. Closed on Monday, it’s oen between 9 a.m and 1. pm. And then between 14.30 and 18.30

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