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MUSEUMS IN RAVENNA

Museo Nazionale (National Museum):
is a rather complex structure, fruit of recent restoration works and located behind the great monumental complex of S. Vitale. Here, we’re talking about a heterogeneous collection with finds from the Roman and Paleo-Christian eras, objects of applied art and mosaics. The route is divided like this: Refectory hall, Bronze Collection, Pre-historic Material, Roman Material and the Paleo-Christian era. In the S. Apollinare in Classe hall there are some finds which were discovered during various digs and during the restoration period. In the 18th Century areas there’s a collection of majolica and ceramics. The collection of armaments and coins follow.


Pinacoteca Comunale (Communal Art Gallery):
is housed in the ex monastery of Canonici Lateranensi. In the Renaissance cloister, a permanent collection of contemporary mosaics is preserved (Vedova, Saetti, Guttuso, De Luigi, Birolli, Basaldella, Santomaso, Afro and Chagall amongst many). The Communal Art Gallery is rich in works by artists from the Emilia area, throughout various eras. The collection is also presented in an excellent didactic form. There are a further two sections dedicated to paintings from the 19th Century (including works by the Macchiaioli school - a group of Italian artists based in Tuscany) and from the 20th Century (with works coming from the end of the most recent era, with artists like Schifano, Mimmo Paladino or Tana Festa amongst many). The museum also hosts the famous 16th Century sepulchral statue with the effigy of Guidarello Guidarelli, army leader killed in 1501.


Museo Arcivescovile (Archiepiscopal Museum):
is situated in the area of the Cathedral and the Neoniano Baptistery, almost directly behind these two buildings: the present day layout of the building dates back to the readjustments of 1859/99. The Museum, spread out on the first floor, is not particularly extensive but is very interesting for the material it has collected, which comes from the ancient cathedral and other religious buildings of the City. The Oratory of S. Andrea is annexed to the structure – from the 6th Century – as well as the Salustra Tower structure (probably the remnants of the Roman Gateway) where the splendid throne adorned in ivory is kept – better known as the Cattedra di Massimiano.

 

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