Modigliani’s house

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The painter and sculptor Amedeo Modigliani was born in Livorno, in this house in Via Roma. The second floor has been made in to a museum which opens on weekends on request. Luckily, my landlord and his family were the initiators of the museum, so I got a private viewing Sunday morning. And was able to photograph, which is otherwise not allowed.

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The museum apartment contains no original works of Modigliani’s, but lots of photos and letters as well as reproductions. I was told all floors were original though, they are quite spectacular with different tiles in every room.

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In what was originally the kitchen you can see photos of Amedeo’s grandmother, who ran a private school in the building. My landlord is related to the Modigliani family and his mother went to this school.

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I found it moving that the old sink was still there.

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Again, marvellous floor tiles beneath some great photo portraits of the artist. He was quite a looker!

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Amedeo in his Paris studio.

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One room in the museum flat, the one with the hypnotic 3D floor, is dedicated to contemporary artists paying homage to Modigliani or copying his style. This is the one I liked the best, I think it’s quite clever:

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Should you want to visit the Modigliani birthplace museum, please contact Cooperativa Amaranta at 320 88 87 044 or the tourist office.

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