The apartment consists of nine rooms on the third floor of the Palazzo Primoli. More than 1200 antique objects that Mario Praz collected throughout his life are exhibited. Mario Praz was a writer, literature professor, and art critic who was born in Rome in 1896. Despite his many varied creative jobs, Praz was also a collector of a wide variety of art and antiques. 

The collection was purchased by the Gallery of Modern Art in Rome from his heirs a few years after the death of the professor in 1986. The house was opened as a museum in 1995. The collection was cataloged and arranged in the rooms to reconstruct as closely as possible the arrangement made originally by the owner.
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