Take a Tour Inside Our Headquarter

A 17th century building houses the collection of the American Studies Center

By Centro Studi Americani

Particolare loggia (2020)Centro Studi Americani

The Center for American Studies is located in Rome on the the main floor of Palazzo Mattei di Giove, also known as Antici Mattei.

Loggia esterna (2020)Centro Studi Americani

The palace was built at the behest of Asdrubale Mattei, Marquis of Giove, who entrusted its construction to the well-known architect Carlo Maderno.

Cartolina 11 - Decorazione nella scala del Palazzo Mattei. Fot. R. Moscioni, Roma ([1936]) by Centro Italiani di Studi AmericaniCentro Studi Americani

The works, begun in 1598, were completed in about twenty years.

Loggia esterna (2020)Centro Studi Americani

The building was the last to be constructed of the five palaces that make up the Insula Mattei.

Vista della loggia (2020)Centro Studi Americani

Made of brick and travertine, the style of its facades is late sixteenth-century, it has three floors, with a cornice adorned with heraldic motifs of the family and is completed by a covered roof-terrace with an open gallery.

Loggia esterna (2020)Centro Studi Americani

The two courtyards and the staircase of the palace are decorated with sculptures, reliefs and ancient vases, mostly from archaeological excavations carried out in the possessions of the Mattei family.

Particolare loggia (2020)Centro Studi Americani

All the antiques still preserved within it were one of the most precious collections of ancient marbles among the private ones existing in Rome.

Particolare cancello (2020)Centro Studi Americani

The rooms of the palace have vaults painted by the most eminent artists working in Rome in the early seventeenth century, such as Francesco Albani (Biblical stories), Gaspare Celio, Cristoforo Greppi, Giovanni Lanfranco, Pietro da Cortona (Stories of Solomon).

Galleria (2020)Centro Studi Americani

The paintings that adorned the many rooms and the gallery are now preserved at the National Gallery of Ancient Art in Palazzo Barberini.

Sala interna (2020)Centro Studi Americani

When the male line of the Mattei di Giove family died out at the beginning of the 19th century, the palace was inherited by Marianna, daughter of Giuseppe Mattei and wife of Carlo Teodoro Antici di Recanati, brother of Adelaide, mother of Giacomo Leopardi, who stayed there between November 1822 and April 1823.

Catalogo (2020)Centro Studi Americani

Sala Lettura (2020)Centro Studi Americani

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