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Artistic heritage (Parte 1)
Palazzo Montecitorio houses more than one thousand paintings and sculptures dating from the 16th to the 20th centuries, several thousand engravings and prints from various periods, a collection of archaeological finds as well as a considerable quantity of art items such as clocks, period furniture, tapestries, busts and sculptures. This extensive and varied collection was gradually put together in various ways after the palace was taken over by the Chamber of Deputies.
A large proportion of these works are the property of the various Heritage Superintendencies and are in temporary deposit at the Chamber of Deputies. They consist mainly of 17-18th century works acquired over the years for the purpose of furnishing and decorating the parliamentary institution. The remaining art treasures, mostly modern and contemporary works, were purchased directly by the Chamber starting in the Thirties. A small part is also made up of donations by the artists or their heirs. Moreover, during the 13th Parliament, an ad-hoc Committee on the safeguard of artistic and architectural treasures has been established at the Chamber of Deputies. This Committee sets the guidelines with regard to the measures to be taken for the conservation and the enlargement of the architectural and art works belonging to the Chamber of Deputies.
Furthermore, the Committee has decided to return a large number of works that are in temporary deposit at the Chamber of Deputies to the Heritage Superintendencies to which they belong, as they were deemed essential to the reconstruction of their museum stock.
An exchange programme with Museo in Capodimonte and Galleria di Arte Moderna in Rome has been started.
The most important works which have been returned to the Museums are the following:
Le opere d'arte antica (XVII e XVIII secolo) di maggior pregio della raccolta sono:
la serie delle Stagioni (Inverno, Primavera,Estate e Autunno)di Pier Dandini