Palazzo Primoli, Mario Praz Museum, Museo Napoleonico, Rome

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Museo Napoleonico (Napoleonico Museum), Palazzo Primoli, Rome

In the Palazzo Primoli (15th century) have their seats Fondazione Primoli and Museo Napoleonico.

Museo Napoleonico in its 14 rooms contains picture, miniatures, sculptures, drawings with the memory about the presence of Napoleon in Rome. It was presented to the city of Rome in 1927 by count Joseph Primoli.

Joseph Primoli assured himself a long fame because of his qualities anticipating the ones of a modern photo-reporter. He left a precious documentation of the events and customs of Rome of the end of 19th century, it is approx. 13.000 photographic plates of exceptional value.
Museo Mario Praz (The Mario Praz Museum House)
On the last floor of the palace where was living the famous Anglicist Mario Praz was opened Museo Mario Praz (The Mario Praz Museum House) with its extraordinary collection of 1200 pieces of furniture, marble, bronze, silver and crystal works of art.

The Mario Praz Museum was inaugurated in 1995. It is located on the third floor of Palazzo Primoli. The House-Museum looks like an aristocratic twentieth century residence. It exhibits the collection of antiquities of Mario Praz (Rome 1896-1982), historian of literature, anglicist, essayist, and scholar of minor and major arts. It includes about one thousand four hundred works, among furniture, paintings, drawings, marbles, waxes, bronzes, silver, and crystals purchased on the Italian and European antiquarian market (France, Germany, and England). The furnishings offer an overview of the "filosofia dell’arredamento" (philosophy of furnishings) from the end of the eighteenth to the second half of the nineteenth century", from Neoclassic to Biedermeier. Many of the paintings even represent interiors of nineteenth century residences. The Mario Praz Museum together with the Boncompagni-Ludovisi Museum, the Manzù Collection, and the Andersen Museum, is part of the museum pole of the National Gallery of Modern Art.

The Museo Napoleonico (Napoleonico Museum) collection belonged to count Joseph and his brother Louis, who were sons of Carlotta Onorina Bonaparte (1832-1901) and count Pietro Primoli. The collection was started by count Giuseppe Primoli (descendant in female line from the Bonaparts) through important family donations and purchases from the antiquary market. In 1925 the collection of his brother Luigi was also merged in it. The entire collection was donated in 1927 by the count together with the first floor of Palazzo Primoli to the Municipality of Rome that in 1929 opened the museum to the public. Successively the collection was increased with purchases and donations by private collectors. The sixteenth century building that houses the museum had belonged to the Gottifredi and Filonardi families. It was purchased in 1828 by Luigi Primoli, count Giuseppe’s grandfather and inherited by the count who had it enlarged and restructured between 1904 and 1911 by the architect Raffaele Ojetti. Currently the building houses also the Primoli Foundation, created by Giuseppe Primoli himself to promote the cultural relations between Italy and France, and the Primoli Library, consisting of over thirty thousand books on literature, history, and art. Since 1995 it also houses the Mario Praz Museum.

Palazzo Primoli, Mario Praz Museum(Museo Mario Praz), Napoleonico Museum
Associazione Nazionale fra Mutilati ed Invalidi di Guerra(ANMIG)/Largo dei Mutilati e Invalidi di Guerra
Piazza di Ponte Umberto I, 1
00186, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Ponte (Via Coronari-Ponte Vittorio) (Roma centro)
Palazzo Primoli, Mario Praz Museum, Napoleonico Museum is Shown By "Map D Zone" As "39"
Subway: Spagna (1.0 km NE - 10-15 minutes on foot)/Flaminio (1.0 km N)/Barberini (1.2 km E)/Lepanto (1.1 km NW), Metro A
Bus lines: 492, 70, 628, 81, 116 or 70 - 81 - 87 - 186 - 492 - 628
Taxi stand: Piazza delle Cinque Lune.
Contact Museo Mario Praz (The Mario Praz Museum House)
Via Zanardelli, 1 - 00186 Rome (near Piazza Navona).
Palazzo Primoli, third floor (elevator).
Entrance, coat check and didactic materials on the ground floor.
Telephone and fax: 0039 06 6861089

Contact Museo Napoleonico (Napoleonico Museum)
Piazza di Ponte Umberto I, 1 - 00186 Roma
Telephone: 0039 060608 tutti i giorni dalle 9.00 alle 21.00
Fax: 0039 06 68809114 - 68192682
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