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Villa San Michele on Capri in Italy is a magical place that must be experienced. Some speak of Feng shui perfection, about a node for magnetic flows, and others about its enchanting beauty. Villa San Michele is undoubtedly unique and a living example of the dream that became reality. Perhaps a dream springing from a longing for beauty or an individual's attempt to deal with his feelings of powerlessness.
Villa San Michele is a place for you who yearn, dream and search for answers. An international meeting place, where dialogue between people from all over the world can take place in the peace and beauty of its magic settings. Welcome, you are in good company.
Villa San Michele is not a residence in the ordinary meaning of the word. It is rather the bearer of Axel Munthe's thoughts and feelings about beauty and the great questions of life, but at the same time it is open for personal interpretation.
The architecture is there to emphasize the magnificence of the landscape, at the same time forming a worthy framework for the works of art. In this respect the park plays an important role. For example, the statues overgrown with ivy and the mossy marble pieces scattered around the garden are characteristic. The number of objects in marble, stone, mosaic, and terracotta total around 655. There are around 530 in wood, metal, ceramics and textiles. The collection can be said to be divided into several main themes, such as nature and animal images, as well as death and dying. But they are in no way exhibited programmatically. Rather they seem to consist of randomly placed pieces, of widely differing quality. But regardless of the artistic quality of the individual object, what was important for Dr. Munthe was the message or personal memories it had for him. This was governed by the fact that the collections do not contain clusters of items acquired from other collections.
The museum's inventory encompasses different periods from Antiquity to the early 20th Century. The classical antiquities are Roman, Egyptian, or Etruscan. Only a few of them originate from the imperial buildings that were on the site. These are remnants of buildings, ornamentation, and frescoes.
The origin of the objects varies. Dr. Munthe's widespread contacts through-out Europe stretched from Scandinavia to Italy and from England as far as Russia.
San Michele is truly the creation of a world citizen.