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MUSEUMS IN MODENA

Museo Lapidario del Duomo (Lapidarian Cathedral Museum):
is situated in Via Lanfranco at N°6, to the left of the Cathedral. It preserves original pieces which adorned the Cathedral and which were removed during the restoration works carried out between the 19th and 20th Centuries. It preserves material from the Roman era and furnishings and fittings fragments from the earlier pre-Romanesque Church. The museum also conserves eight medieval metope, forming part of the original decorations of the Cathedral’s buttresses.


Museo Storico dell’Accademia Militare (Historical Military Academy Museum):
is housed in the interior of the splendid Ducal Building, a construction which comes from the beginning of 1630, incorporating the nuclei of the ancient extended castle. Since 1862 the Palazzo houses the Military Academy. It’s possible to visit the magnificent rooms which represent the 17th Century. In the room used as a museum, visitors can enjoy the relics and testimonies conserved there, dating back to the Renaissance, the First World War and from the Academy itself. There’s also a room which is used as a shrine/sanctuary.


Il Palazzo dei Musei (Museum Building):

can be found in Largo Porta S. Agostino at the end of Via Emilia. This construction, in the Mannerism style, was originally the Augustine Convent, then was transformed in 1756 into an Arsenal and in 1771 was re-arranged as a Hotel for the Poor (Alms House). Since 1880 instead, it has housed the main cultural institutes (now state or communal owned) of the City. The Extensive Lapidarian Museum, the Civic Library of the Story of Art “Luigi Poletti,” the Historical Communal Archives, the Extensive Library, the Civic Museums, the Extensive Gallery. The Gallery collections were enriched following the legacy of Cardinal Alessandro d’Este in 1624 and then on the merits of the patronage of Francesco I, Duke of Modena between 1629 and 1659. In 1746 some of the collection’s paintings were sold to the Great Constituent of Sassonia and can now be found in the Dresda Gallery. During the 19th and 20th Centuries, the Gallery, which has been housed here since 1884, was enriched with numerous works through legacies, donations and acquisitions. In this collection, there are representations of main exponents of Emilian art, art from the Veneto area and also some from the 13th Century Florentine to Baroque era.

 

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