The Oriental art museum at Palazzo Brancaccio

Façade of Palazzo Brancaccio, seat of the Museo Nazionale d'Arte Orientale

Façade of Palazzo Brancaccio, seat of the Museo Nazionale d'Arte Orientale "Giuseppe Tucci", Rome. The palace underwent two progressive phases of building works in the late 19th century, respectively directed by the architects Gaetano Koch and Luca Carimini.

In Rome, there’s a hidden threshold between Western and Eastern worlds: the National Museum of Oriental Art inside Palazzo Brancaccio. The suggestive journey to discover Oriental cultures winds through the luxurious spaces of a monumental palace, which represents one of the last celebrative architectures patronized by a wealthy family in 19th century Rome.

Antechamber of the Brancaccio princes' alcove room, Museo Nazionale d'Arte Orientale

Antechamber of the Brancaccio princes' alcove room, Museo Nazionale d'Arte Orientale "Giuseppe Tucci", Rome. The renowned painter Francesco Gai designed the interior decorations.

The Museo Nazionale d’Arte Orientale “Giuseppe Tucci” (MNAO) is housed in the lavish apartment spaces, which belonged until the 1930s to the noble Brancaccio family.

Around 1872, Mary E.B. Field and her husband, Hickson Field, coming from New York, acquired the area belonging to the now vanished chiesa Santa Maria della Purificazione annexed to the Poor Clares monastery on the Oppian Hill, and commissioned the palace building, then inherited by their grandchildren Marcantonio and Carlo Brancaccio.

Ninfeo at the garden of Palazzo Brancaccio, Museo Nazionale d'Arte Orientale

Ninfeo designed by Francesco Gai, post 1886, at the garden of Palazzo Brancaccio, seat of the Museo Nazionale d'Arte Orientale "Giuseppe Tucci", Rome. The palace underwent two progressive phases of building works in the late 19th century, respectively directed by the architects Gaetano Koch and Luca Carimini.


Polychrome porcelains from East Asia, Museo Nazionale d'Arte Orientale

Polychrome porcelains from East Asia, Museo Nazionale d'Arte Orientale "Giuseppe Tucci", Rome.

Primarily organized according to the geographic origins and, moreover, following a chronological order, the rich museum collections invite us in a fascinating journey across both time and space, which begins by stepping in the Near and Middle East and it develops passing through the art and archaeological finds of Islamic areas, prints and painting of East Asia, Gandhara, Yemen, Tibet and Nepal, Korea, Japan and finally China, thus allowing to understand the legendary Orient, which has always inhabited the amazed reveries of the Western world.

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Opening time: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 9.00 am - 2.00 pm; Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, Holidays: 9.00 am - 7.30 pm; Monday: closed

Tickets: 3.00 € - 6.00 €

Organization: Polo Museale del Lazio

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Funeral procession, Ming pottery, Museo Nazionale d'Arte Orientale "Giuseppe Tucci", Rome

Funeral procession to accompany the deceased, Ming dynasty (1368-1644), "sancai" three-color glazed pottery, from a tomb equipment, Museo Nazionale d'Arte Orientale "Giuseppe Tucci", Rome.

Fragment of mural paintings, dating to the 16th century, from West Tibet, Rome, Museo Nazionale d'Arte Orientale "Giuseppe Tucci"

Up: Fragment of mural painting depicting Shakyamuni (?) seated in meditation surrounded by ascetics, 16th century, h. 28.3 cm, from Luk (West Tibet), Inv. 392; Below: Fragment of mural painting depicting Buddha surrounded by various classes of beings, 16th century, h. 35.5 cm, from Luk (West Tibet), Inv. 390; Museo Nazionale d'Arte Orientale "Giuseppe Tucci", Rome.

The Toilette of Venus, painting by Francesco Gai, ceiling of Brancaccio princes' alcove room, Museo Nazionale d'Arte Orientale

The Toilette of Venus, painting by Francesco Gai and assistants, ceiling of Brancaccio princes' alcove room, ca. 1890-1891, Museo Nazionale d'Arte Orientale "Giuseppe Tucci", Rome.

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