Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna

The Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea ("national gallery of modern and contemporary art"), also known as La Galleria Nazionale, is an art gallery in Rome, Italy. It was founded in 1883 on the initiative of the then Minister Guido Baccelli and is dedicated to modern and contemporary art.

Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea
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Coordinates41°55′01″N 12°28′56″E / 41.9170°N 12.4821°E / 41.9170; 12.4821Coordinates: 41°55′01″N 12°28′56″E / 41.9170°N 12.4821°E / 41.9170; 12.4821
Typemuseum of 19th and 20th century art
DirectorCristiana Collu


Interior, Sala di Canova

The present building, the Palazzo delle Belle Arti (Palace of Fine Arts) at Via delle Belle Arti, 113 (near the Etruscan Museum) was designed by prominent Italian architect Cesare Bazzani. It was completed between 1911 and 1915. The facade features exterior architectural friezes by sculptors Ermenegildo Luppi, Adolfo Laurenti, and Giovanni Prini,[1] with four figures of Fame holding bronze wreaths, sculpted by Adolfo Pantaresi and Albino Candoni.[2]

The museum was expanded and doubled in size by Bazzani in 1934. A new building by Luigi Cosenza was inaugurated in 1988 but closed ten years later due to safety concerns. A project developed by architects Diener & Diener[3] between 1999 and 2000 was put on hold in year 2003. Works are currently in progress to make the Cosenza building usable again.[4]

The museumEdit

The museum displays about 1100 paintings and sculptures of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, of which it has the largest collection in Italy. Among the Italian artists represented are Giacomo Balla, Umberto Boccioni, Alberto Burri, Antonio Canova, Giorgio de Chirico, Lucio Fontana, Amedeo Modigliani, Giacomo Manzù, Vittorio Matteo Corcos,[5] and Giorgio Morandi.[6]: 169 

The museum also holds some works by foreign artists, among them Braque, Calder, Cézanne, Degas, Duchamp, Giacometti, Kandinsky, Mondrian, Monet, Jackson Pollock, Rodin, and Van Gogh.[7]

The Museo Boncompagni Ludovisi per le arti decorative, the Museo Hendrik C. Andersen, the Raccoltà Manzù, and the Museo Mario Praz form part of the Galleria Nazionale.[8]

It is sometimes referred to as "the teeth" by reason of its columnated appearance.


  1. ^ Luisa Cardilli Alloisi, Francesco Margotti, Antonio Simbolotti (1991). La Capitale a Roma: 1870–1945 (in Italian).
  2. ^ Cinzia Dal Maso (7 September 2015). Lo scultore romano Adolfo Pantaresi (in Italian). Specchio Romano. Accessed August 2017.
  3. ^ Erweiterung der Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rom, 1999–2000 (in German). Diener & Diener. Accessed August 2017.
  4. ^ "The National Gallery". 2018-12-27. Retrieved 2020-02-16.
  5. ^ (it) Encyclopedia Treccani, Il quadro del C. intitolato Sogni (Roma, Galleria nazionale d'arte moderna)
  6. ^ Darwin Porter, Danforth Prince (2007). Frommer's Italy 2008. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley. ISBN 9780470138205.
  7. ^ Gli artisti e le opere (in Italian). Galleria nazionale d'arte moderna e contemporanea. Accessed January 2016.
  8. ^ Soprintendenza alla Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea (in Italian). Ministero dei beni e delle attività culturali e del turismo: Direzione generale Belle Arti e Paesaggio. Accessed August 2017.

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Preceded by
Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica
Landmarks of Rome
Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna
Succeeded by
Giorgio de Chirico House Museum