Via Giuseppe Zanardelli 1, 00186 Roma (Roma, Lazio)
Mario Praz - anglist, writer and critic of literature and art - began collecting neoclassical and Biedermaier objets d'art meant to furnish his home since the 1930s.
Now a museum, the flat is where professor Praz lived from 1969 to 1982, when he died. The collection, however, was originally assembled for a larger apartment at Palazzo Ricci in via Giulia, his residence since 1934.
His sentimental novel, La casa della Vita, or The House of Life, is entirely dedicated to this home. Although seemingly an erudite, detailed room-by-room description of the house and works of art, it is actually Praz's autobiography, a walk down memory lane in which each piece of furniture is part of the writer's personal memories.
It is a historical, literary and artistic recollection of people and places: furniture, paintings, medals, statues, busts, chinaware, marbles, fans, candles, dolls, books, weapons, candelabras, incense holders, mirrors, canopies, miniatures, carpets, views of Italian and European cities, portraits of royal families from the Bourbons to the Bonaparte and countless middle class families, often unheard of, who had been portrayed in their own homes at the beginning of the 19th century.
If you plan to visit, please check on the House Museum's website.
In-depth information on this House Museum can be found in House museums in Italy. New cultural itineraries: poetry, history, art, architecture, music, arts & crafts, tastes and traditions, a guide-book by Rosanna Pavoni, which can be purchased on line.