Palazzo Marignoli, Piazza San Silvestro (Old Town), Rome

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Palazzo Marignoli, Piazza San Silvestro (Old Town), Rome

It was one of the palaces built in Via del Corso in course of enlarging of this street after 1870 due to a increase of traffic. Palazzo Marignoli was built on the site of Chiesa di S.Lucia della Colonna, a Caffe Nazionale, and an old Augustinian Convent (a monastery of women have turned back, popularly named "of Converted"), founded by St Ignatius Loyola for women-sinners, who wanted to mend their ways. In 1878 were ready the parts of the palace at Piazza S.Silvestro and at Via delle Convertite by project of Salvatore Bianchi and expenses of a senator and marquise Filippo Marignoli; and in 1888 the last part of the construction at Via del Corso and Via di S.Claudio was built by the project of Giulio Podesti. It occupies the site of the former nunnery and church and in addition that of some other buildings; it now belongs to an insurance company.

Palazzo Marignoli at Piazza San Silvestro (Old Town)
At the end of the XIXth century the monastery adjoining the church was transformed into the Central Post Office and today for many Romans S. Silvestro means just the Post Office; the square was enlarged in 1940 by pulling down the buildings between S. Silvestro and S. Claudio dei Borgognoni; it currently houses the terminal of many city bus lines.

The monastery of S. Maria Maddalena delle Convertite of which Vasi shows the rear part was pulled down and it is now replaced by Palazzo Marignoli, a modern building in neo-Renaissance style. Here the famous Caffe Aragno (ex Caffe Nazionale) was open and functioned from the end of the 19th century until 1924. It was the most important in Rome meeting place of Italian and international writers, actors, journalists and politicians.

Filippo Marignoli´s life is a manifestation of his emblematic art. While we know little about him, we do know that he is one of the pioneers of the “informel” movement “an avant-garde art movement that originated in Europe and is similar to American Abstract Expressionism. He was born in 1926 in Perugia, Italy, and died in the mid 90's in Seattle, USA. An extensive exhibition dedicated to Filippo Marignoli (1926-1995), an unconventional artist both for his artistic language and his career has been displaying at Museo Carlo Bilotti.

Palazzo Marignoli, Piazza San Silvestro (Old Town)
Piazza San Silvestro (Old Town), Via delle Convertite, 22
00187, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Colonna (Pantheon-Montecitorio-Barberini) (Roma centro)
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