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MUSEUMS IN BOLOGNA

Museo Giorgio Morandi:
is located in the interior of the huge complex of the Communal Building (also known as the Public Building or Accursio Building), on the West side of Piazza Maggiore. The primitive nuclei of the Palazzo date back to 1336. The entrance to the Morandi Museum is via the Farnese room. The museum was initiated in October 1993 thanks to the donation of a good 214 works (paintings, engravings, watercolours and designs) on the wishes of the sister of the great 20th Century artist. The entire artistic career of Morandi is illustrated as well as the reconstruction of his atelier with original furnishings and objects.


Collezioni Comunali d’Arte (Communal Art Collections):
are also located in the interior of the Communal Building Complex, in the halls which were first connected to the Papacy and then to the Prefecture. Some of the rooms still conserve frescoes and original decorations from the 16th Century. The works contained therein spread across Gothic art – painted crosses and tablets – to that of the Renaissance – Tintoretto and Signorelli – until the end of the 17th Century and also has examples from the 19th Century.


Museo di San Petronio:
the entrance is at the end of the left nave of the enormous Gothic Cathedral. The museum is set out in two halls. The collection contains the designs and projects for the completion of the façade, including those of Peruzzi, Vignola and Palladio. There are also some wooden models on view of projects for completion of the church itself.


Museo Civico Archeologico (Civic Archaeological Museum):
is one of the most prestigious City institutions. It’s situated under the arcades to the left of San Petronio, in the ex hospital building of Santa Maria della Morte. The patrimony exhibited here is truly amazing. It was founded in 1881 with the fusion of collections from pre-existing museums, and then was further enriched thanks to donations, acquisitions and legacies. It consists of an Egyptian section (the second most important in Italy), a Greek, a Villanovan/Etruscan – the richest and most complete museum - and a Roman section.


Museo Civico Medievale (Civic Medieval Museum):
is housed in Palazzo Fava-Ghisilardi, and was intiated in 1438, at N° 4 Via Manzoni, one of the lateral roads of the central Via Indipendenza. It was inaugurated in 1985 at the end of a profound reconstruction of its housing, which incidentally revealed the medieval parts of the Palazzo. The material exhibited ends in the Renaissance period but the medieval section is by far the richest exhibition.


Museo di Santo Stefano:
is part of the Cathedral complex of San Stefano, which articulates out in a series of sacred communicating buildings. The Museum is housed in the Chapel of the Benda and in the Capitolare Room, which can be accessed from the Benedictine Cloister. There are priceless relics preserved here, as well as pictorial works from the 13th-18th Century, not forgetting a series of sacred parchments.


Galleria Civica Davia-Bargellini (Civic Gallery Davia-Bargellini):
is situated in Strada Maggiore, in front of the four gates of Santa Maria dei Servi and occupies a 17th Century building (Palazzo Bargellini). The re-arrangement of the museum dates back to 1983/84. The collection consists of paintings from the picture gallery (covering the medieval period to the 1600’s and containing precious pieces) and objects of applied art (with furniture up to the 1700’s).


Pinacoteca Nazionale (National Art Gallery):
the entrance is at N° 56 Via delle Belle Arte and occupies a building which in the past, was the seat of the Jesuit noviciate of Saint Ignatius, dating back to the 17th Century. Since 1804 it’s housed the picture gallery. The layout and enlargement are from 1997. The collection is divided into sections: the “primitive” section with works from the 13th and 14th Centuries; the Late-Gothic section; the section dedicated to Renaissance art and the 17th Century section.

 

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