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Drawing room with fireplace


The drawing room, whose entrance door is on the right, halfway down the corridor, features a large fireplace made of antique materials. The furnishings comprise a sofa and five walnut armchairs (17th century Tuscan production), two "baliette" chairs, also 17th century walnut, and a base for a lectern which supports a statue of Mary Magdalene, a copy of a Della Robbia work recovered by Rodolfo Siviero.
Ancient sculptures including a Romanesque capital carved on four sides, bear witness to the taste for medieval art of the collector. Whilst waiting for the upper floor of the house museum to be opened to the public, also on display in this room are a number of priceless paintings originally to be found in the drawing room of the first floor apartment. These include two paintings with gold background: a diptych portraying Saint Julian and Saint Simon from the circle of Bicci di Lorenzo (first half of 16th century) and a Giottesque predella (15th century) with figures of Christ, the Virgin, Saint John the Evangelist, Saint Francis, Saint Anthony Abbot
The two very old paintings cohabit the room with works by such important 20th century artists, friends of Siviero as Ardengo Soffici (1879-1964) and Giorgio De Chirico (1888-1978). Of special interest by the latter is the portrait of Matilde Forti, the wife of the art historian Giorgio Castelfranco, a well-known collector of De Chirico's works and owner of the house, which is now home to this museum, before the Second World War. Also interesting is De Chirico's preparatory sketch for a Vogue front cover (1935) with the curious inscription on the back reminding that the painting was a gift of De Chirico to Siviero but that the artist wanted Siviero to pay for the frame.

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