Entrance. Foto di Architetti Comes - Del Gallo
The permanent exhibition focuses on the everyday life on Via del Corso 18. By displaying excerpts of letters and diary entries accompanied by Tischbein’s drawings and sketches of a very happy and relaxed Goethe, the exhibition conveys a picture of his Roman life that differed greatly from the one Goethe – in his position of being a Minister of State – had left behind in Weimar.
The exhibition of the museum's own collection furthermore highlights Goethe’s personal enthusiasm for the fine arts. The museum displays drawings from his very own Italian sketchbook, some fragments of thoughts on antique architecture and sculpture as well as texts on Goethe’s theory of colours.
Andy Warhol’s Goethe portrait (1982) is certainly the exhibition’s eye-catcher. It was inspired by Tischbein’s portrait of Goethe in the Campagna Romana, of which a copy is on display in the very room where the original had been painted more than 200 years ago – Tischbein’s studio.
Besides Warhol’s large size artwork, the focus of the room also lies on a literary aspect: it is dedicated to works, Goethe wrote or finished off while in Rome as well as those that were inspired by the city. Among them, Iphigenia, The Roman Elegies, Tasso, Egmont, Faust, The Roman Carnival and, of course, the Italian Journey.