The view from Rilke’s studio at Villa Strohl Fern
February 3, 2011
Rainer Maria Rilke lived about a year in Rome in 1903/1904 and spent the winter in a studio at Villa Strohl Fern. I have seen two black and white pictures of him taken there, one with a window and the trees in the background. I think the view didn’t changed much in a century.
In one of the “letters to a young poet”, dated October 1903, he mentions the Villa : “…in a few weeks I will move into a quiet, simple room, an old summerhouse, which lies lost deep in a large park, hidden from the city, from its noises and incidents. There I will live all winter and enjoy the great silence, from which I expect the gift of happy, work-filled hours…”
The studio, located at the back of Villa Strohl Fern is being renovated.
The view from the studio:
And the trees around…