Monet comes to Rome’s Complesso del Vittoriano
The exhibition has been loaned to the Vittoriano from the Musée Marmottan in Paris. Some of the works were kept in Monet’s home, later being donated to the museum by Monet’s son, Michel.
Being a huge fan of “The Father of Impressionism,” I had to be first in line to see the exhibit. Weeks ahead of time, I reserved my ticket online and showed up right as the doors opened at 9:30 am on the opening day.
As luck would have it, arriving at the museum so early in the morning meant that I practically had the place to myself. I took my time meandering around all the different works, observing the fine details, listening to the audio guide, and taking photos.
There are quotes and excerpts written on the walls which took me on the story of Monet’s life and career.
From Monet’s early works…
there are his famous portraits of children on display. There are also canvases dedicated to the different flowers in his garden, as well as rural and urban landscapes from various places around Europe.
The painting of London, below, was particularly moving, since I have seen this view in person!
The next section of the museum…
required me to “walk on water” down a slanted hallway with a projection featuring an animated version Monet’s Water Lilies.
At the end of the hallway, I found myself on a lower floor. This floor displays the famous Water Lilies, Wisteria, and Rose Path Series. It also includes his most famous mural-sized paintings.
The Water Lilies Series was kept at Monet’s last home in Giverny, France until his death in 1926.
The second aspect of the exhibition can be described by a new type of art.
Projecting the old and making it new again.
Besides for the many amazing oil on canvas paintings, the exhibit also features digital projections of Monet’s artwork, designed to make one feel as if they are standing in Monet’s garden. It gives the exhibition an aura of featuring hundreds and hundreds of works, instead of “only” 60.
While I have never been to Monet’s garden in Giverny, France, being able to see these life-sized projections really makes me want to book another trip to France this spring! Plus, this part is really fun and kid-friendly!
Aren’t these flowers magnificent?
The Complesso del Vittoriano can be found on Rome’s busiest road.
Address: Piazza Venezia, 00186
Tip: You really don’t need an address. Just find the giant white building that looks almost like a wedding cake. You can’t miss it.
Monday to Thursday: 9:30 am – 7:30 pm
Friday and Saturday 9:30 am – 10:00 pm
Sunday 9:30 am – 8:30 pm
Tickets can be ordered via Ticketone.it.
The price is 16.50 € for adults and 14.50 € for students, and 8.50 € for children aged 4 – 11.
Last admission is 1 hour before closing.