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Italian Art Museum
Italian Art Museum
The building has remained open since the inauguration
The building has remained open since the inauguration. The project was given to the Italian architect Gaetano Moretti, who also designed The Chinese Font, a gift from the Chinese community for the independence celebration. It's located in the second block of Avenue Paseo de la República in the Historic Center of Lima. It has a big yard, parking lots and 6 rooms for the exhibition of its permanent collection and for the temporary exhibitions that are held there. In the second room, there's a big stained glass inspired in Botticelli's Primavera.
Through the building, as in design and decorative elements, ancient Italian art is represented: elements from Bramante's architecture; reliefs and decorative details inspired in Donatello, Ghiberti, Michelangelo, and Botticelli. The façade is completed by the emblems of the principal Italian cities and by two Venetian mosaics with the most famous men in Italy's history.
The first selection of the artworks that'd belong to the museum's permanent collection was in charge of Mario Vannini Parenti. That's how I acquired a collection of more than 200 original artworks, including sculptures, paintings, drawings, prints, and ceramics. So, in the museum, the art of all Italian regions is represented. Most of the collection is from the beginning of the 20th Century, although the avant-garde movement is not present.
The museum has an important library, with several information and books about the Italian artists in the museum and also about its history. there is some audiovisual material about its collection. Another service is the Catalog, with more than 300 pages, with full information about the 313 artworks that belong to the permanent collection, as well as the biographies of the Italian artists which artworks are exhibited there.
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