Filippo Pelagio Palagi

Dates1775 - 1860

Architect, portrait painter, furniture designer, ornamentalist, and collector, Filippo Pelagio Palagi had a self-described "mania for antique things" that affected all aspects of his life. His interest in archaeology began when he moved to Rome in 1806 and soon became a fundamental inspiration in his work. Palagi was interested in Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan, and Roman antiquity, whose motifs he inventively and eclectically combined in his furniture and ornament designs. Although he protested that he was "not well-off, otherwise [he] would not merely praise [antiquities] but would dearly love to own them," he was a passionate collector and amassed one of the richest archaeological collections of the 1800s. Palagi owned a considerable collection of bronzes, marble sculptures, Etruscan vases, and gold, silver, and glass objects acquired during his years living in Rome, Milan, and Turin.