Few of Rome's many museums can boast a cafe, but the Museo Atelier Canova Tadolini, in Via del Babuino, actually doubles up as one!
The museum occupies what was once the studio of Adamo Tavolini (1788-1863), a pupil of the great neo-classical sculptor Antonio Canova (1757-1822), who lived nearby.
Adamo was born in Bologna into a family of sculptors. Sculpture and the studio would remain in the Tadolini family for three generations. His sons, Scipione (1822–1892) and Tito (1828–1910), worked with him, and Scipione took ownership of the studio on his father's death. It later passed to Giulio (1849–1918) and finally to Enrico (1888–1967). Following the latter's death, it was sold, lock, stock and barrel, to the Galleria Antiquaria Benucci.
The studio now functions as a cafe-cum-museum, and customers are welcome to explore its many nooks and crannies, crammed with models and casts.
The marble statue of St. Paul (1838), in Piazza San Pietro (St Peter's Square), is probably the most public of Adamo Tadolini's sculptures.
My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private walking tours of Rome.
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