Palazzo Brancaccio (Home of National Museum of Oriental Art and IsIAO)

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Palazzo Brancaccio (Home of National Museum of Oriental Art and IsIAO)

Brancaccio Palace is the last Roman Patrician Palace built in 1880 in the heart of the eternal city, Rome. Located on Colle Oppio, near Emperor Nero's,"Domus Aurea" and the seven hills, between Colosseum and the famous Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore.

Palazzo Brancaccio (Home of National Museum of Oriental Art and IsIAO)
The palace was built in 1892-1895 for the noble Neapolitan Brancaccio family, which wanted to move to the new capital of Italy, close to the court. It a work of Luca Carimini who conceived it according to the neo-classic forms of rare grandiosity. This is considered to be one of the most sumptuous constructions in Rome of the Umbertine epoch.

In the Park you can also admire the small and charming Hunting Lodge turned into a Coffee House, rich of decorations and painted by Francesco Gay and, at his time, personal friend of the Brancaccio Princess, particularly well hosts special events, which increase it's beauty and special atmosphere given by the position in the magnificent park.

Inside the Palace you can find enchanting banquet rooms where Mary Elisabeth Field gave magnificent sumptuous parties also in honour of the King Umberto of Savoy. The same halls in 1969 have been completely restored and reserved for unforgettable private and public manifestations by the Roma Party Company that for more than 30 years has the honour to manage this artistic patrimony. Many important multinational firms like Honda, Shiseido, Palmolive, Coca Cola, Cristian Dior, Valentivo, Cartier, Lancome, and Mercedes Benz are our faithful customers. Today this Palace is considered as one of the most beautiful venue in Rome, where getting together is to find again the pleasure for living.
charming Hunting Lodge turned into a Coffee House at Palazzo Brancaccio
Palazzo Brancaccio houses now the Istituto Italiano per il Medio ed Estremo Oriente and the Museo Nazionale di Arte Orientale, founded in 1957.

It contains the most important collection of Oriental art in Italy consisting of vast documentation of different artistic manifestations of the countries located between the Persian Gulf and Japan: finds from the cities of Pre-Islamic Iran (3200-500 b.C.); works from Tibet, Nepal and Gandhara; Islamic art, Japanese art; find from southeast Asia; Indian collection; Chinese works.

Museo Nazionale d'Arte Orientale (National Museum of Oriental Art) Giuseppe Tucci

The National Museum of Oriental Art (Italian: Museo Nazionale d'Arte Orientale) is an important museum in Rome, Italy, dedicated to the arts of the Orient, from the Middle East to Japan. It was founded in 1957 through a convention between the Ministry of Public Education and the former IsMEO (Istituto Italiano per il Medio ed Estremo Oriente, Italian Institute for Near and Far East), now IsIAO (Istituto Italiano perl’Africa e l’Oriente, Italian Institute for Africa and Orient) that bestowed its collection on consignment, and it was inaugurated the following year. In particular, the museum has a rather remarkable collection of artifacts from the Gandhara area. On May 2005 it was dedicated to Giuseppe Tucci ( 1894-1984 ) who promoted its foundation and was one of the most important orientalists in twentieth-century.
Islamic art collection at National Museum of Oriental Art
It is located in the palace of princes Brancaccio, a Renaissance style building designed in 1892-96 by the architect Luca Carimini. The collection was formed through public purchases, exchanges, donations, findings and artistic objects brought back by the archaeological missions of IsMEO in Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. The permanent exhibition consists of the following sections: Ancient Near and Middle East, India, Gandhara, Tibet, and Nepal, South-east Asia, and Far East. The Iranian and Pakistani handmade articles of the fourth first millennium BC collected by Giuseppe Tucci on his travels in 1928-1948, the Tibetan paintings on fabrics, the Buddhist, Khmer, and Indian sculptures, such as the famous marble Scorretti of the eighth-ninth century AD, representing the goddess Durga while she is killing the demon-buffalo; the ritual Chinese vases of the Shang and Zhou dynasties; the Japanese xylographs, are all of particular interest.

Istituto Italiano per l’Africa e l’Oriente (IsIAO)/ Italian Institute for Africa and Orient

Istituto Italiano per l’Africa e l’Oriente (IsIAO)/ Italian Institute for Africa and Orient was established in 1995 as the result of the merging of Istituto Italiano per il Medio ed Estremo Oriente (IsMEO)/ Italian Institute for Middle and Far East) with the Istituto Italo Africano (IIA)/ Italo-African Institute. IsIAO provides study reports, information sheets and documentation on specific issues regarding Africa and Asia to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the other State administrations requesting them as well as, by means of ad hoc agreements, to public and private entities and subjects. The institute is active in the field of cultural promotion aimed at fostering fruitful relations between Italy and the countries in the Middle-East, Africa and Asia.

Istituto Italiano per il Medio ed Estremo Oriente (IsMEO)/ Italian Institute for Middle and Far East was established in 1933 as a body corporate, its first president was Giovanni Gentile. Its aim is to promote cultural exchanges between Italy and central, southern and eastern Asia and to study the economic problems of those countries. The scientific activity of the institute deals mainly with excavations.

African Museum collections [part of the Museo Coloniale (Colonial Museum)]

IsIAO today houses the African Museum collections. Originally part of the Museo Coloniale (Colonial Museum) of the Ministry of Italian Africa, the collections were transferred to IsIAO (former Istituto Italiano per l’Africa). The Colonial Museum was set up by the Minister for Colonies in 1923 to commemorate the Italian venture and for the purpose of documenting, promoting and disseminating the history of the links between Italy and its colonial territories. Together with the photograph and map collections and the archives documenting the history of Italian colonial administration, it represents an exceptional documentary corpus specialized in the history of the Italian presence in East Africa and Libya.
former African Museum painting at IsIAO
The museum collections comprise archaeological, ethnographic, artistic, military history, economic and philatelic material which fully documents Italian colonial culture between the two World Wars. In 1997, with consultancy offered by the Pigorini Museum, work was begun on an inventory survey of all the objects, which led to the creation of a digital database containing more than 11,000 data records. the material owned by the African Museum is formally delivered to the Museo Nazionale d’Arte Orientale ‘Giuseppe Tucci’, IsIAO will continue in its effort to give prominence to the materials from the former African Museum by seeking synergies and collaborations for the purpose of organizing exhibitions and cultural events.

The IsIAO Library
The IsIAO Library, officially opened on 4 April 2002, houses the combined collections of the libraries of the former Istituto Italo-Africano (IIA) and the Istituto Italiano per il Medio ed Estremo Oriente (IsMEO). Its assets, unique for Italy, total more than 140.000 volumes, 2.500 periodicals, 500 of which still extant, rare and precious collections (manuscripts, xylographs, ancient editions, geographic maps, photographic collections, etc.). It is a member of the Servizio Bibliotecario Nazionale (SBN), through the Pole of the Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana and the Istituti Culturali di Roma, and offers quality and efficient services: interlibrary loans, internet access from several different workstations, consultation of the library assets by OPAC, photocopying service, microfilm and microfiche readers, use of multimedia products, wi-fi access. The Library is divided into two sections – Africa and the Orient – respectively the heirs of the library and documentary assets of IIA and IsMEO.

Palazzo Brancaccio (Home of National Museum of Oriental Art and IsIAO)
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Contact - Museo Nazionale d'Arte Orientale (National Museum of Oriental Art) Giuseppe Tucci
Via Merulana, 248 (Via del Monte Oppio, 7)
00185, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Monti (Colosseo-S.Giovanni-S.Maria Maggiore) (Roma centro)/ Rione Monti (Colosseo-S.Giovanni-S.Maria Maggiore) (Roma centro)
Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 9.00 am - 2.00 pm, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday: 9.00 am - 7.30 pm, Closed: Monday, December 25, May 1. The ticket office closes 30 minutes before closing time.
Entrance: Ticket - Full: €6.00, Gratuito fino a 18 e oltre 65 anni UE: €0.00, Reduced: €3.00.
Telephone: 0039 06 46974832
Fax: 0039 06 469747837

Contact - Istituto Italiano per l’Africa e l’Oriente (IsIAO)/ Italian Institute for Africa and Orient
Via Ulisse Aldrovandi, 16
00197, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Quartiere Pinciano (Roma centro)
Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri 9am-1pm, Tuesday and Thursday 9am-5.20pm, Closed Saturday and Sunday.
Telephone: (+39) 06 32 855 1, 0039 06 32855217, (+39) 06 32 21 193, (+39) 06 32 855 205, (+39) 06 32 855 212.
Tel. (+39) 06 32 855 1 -
Fax (+39) 06 32 25 348
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Contact Former African Museum
tel.: (+39) 06 32 855 213
fax: (+39) 06 32 25 348
IsIAO Website:

Contact - Saloni Di Palazzo Brancaccio
00184 ROMA - Viale del Monte Oppio 7 - Largo Brancaccio, 82/a
Zone: Rione Monti (Colosseo-S.Giovanni-S.Maria Maggiore) (Roma centro)
Commercial Office: Largo Brancaccio, 82
Phone: +39 06.4873177 -+39 06.4873139 - +39 06.4742235
Fax: +39 06.484709 - +39 06.4873181
Cultural guidad tours in the Halls of Palazzo Brancaccio From Monday to Sunday
Hours: from 10.30 to 11:30
Bookings: 30 day in advance

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