On the second floor of the Giorgio De Chirico House and Museum, at 31 Piazza di Spagna, the studio of the great artist gives the impression that he might have just left for a moment, and will soon come back to work. The easel is in place, and so are the brushes, frames, colors and palette. His smock is hung over a chair, as if he had taken only a few minutes’ break and was about to come back at any moment to finish his work.
Giorgio De Chirico moved in these Roman dwellings in 1948. With his wife Isabella Far, he lived here – in the cultural and artistic heart of the city, among the ateliers in via Margutta and via del Babuino – until his death on November 20, 1978, at the age of ninety. in 1986, his widow founded the Giorgio e Isa de Chirico foundation with the general catalog’s curator Carlo Bruni Sakraischik; she went on living in the apartment in Palazzetto dei Borgognoni until 1990, when she passed away. In 1998, twenty years after De Chirico’s death, his home was opened to the public and turned into a house-museum. Part of the furniture, in typical 1950s style, has been restored.
A visit to these rooms offers a journey – through the works of art showcased – in an important part of De Chirico’s artistic life: the house is a “living gallery” where we have the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful selection of the master’s paintings from the 1930s-1970s.
And the idea that he just left for a moment, and that he is about to come back to finish his work, lingers in his studio…