Civic Museum - Belluno

The civic museum of Belluno was founded after a donation of paintings made in 1872 by the doctor of Belluno Antonio Giampiccoli, to which was added the collection of ancient bronzes, coins, medals, manuscripts and books of local interest by Florio Miari. You can also find scientific materials that were stored in the natural and industrial provincial cabinet set up in 1837 and objects given by the geologist and naturalist Tomaso Antonio Catullo. There is also a collection of the ornithologist Angelo Doglioni and that of the botanist Alessandro Francesco Sandi and many other donations.

The first curator Osvaldo Monti completed these evidence of history of the city and province with the documents of the deliberations of the ancient Community of the city of Belluno, which are also housed in the seventeenth-century palace of the Jurists College, home of the museum opened to public in 1876.
Today, the museum welcomes visitors with a detailed exhibition divided into sections.

On the ground floor are exposed important archaeological finds pertaining to the entire province, including the very interesting burial of a hunter found in Val Cismon (province of Belluno) and dated back to the late Upper Paleolithic (12,000 years ago). You can also see finds of the Iron Age (buckles, knives etc) found in Cavarzano (a town near Belluno) and surrounding areas.

There are also many remains of the Roman period and of the early Middle Ages. There is also a Roman lapidary which is currently housed inside the lobby of the near Municipal Auditorium. Worth a note the sarcophagus of Flavio Ostillo and his wife Domizia of the third century AD, that you can see under the portico of Crepadona Palace, seat of the civic Library.

The room on the mezzanine floor houses temporary exhibitions related to the collections of the museum.

On the first floor you can admire fragments of frescoes realized by Jacopo da Montagnana (1440?-1499) and by Pomponio Amalteo (1505-1588), that once decorated the Caminata Palace, seat of the nobles Council which was built in Piazza Duomo square and then demolished in the thirties of the nineteenth century.

There are also exposed the eighteenth-century paintings by Sebastiano Ricci (1659-1734), painted for Palazzo Fulcis in Belluno, future home of the new Civic Museum, and works of art by Marco Ricci and Andrea Brustolon of which you can admire also sketches in terra-cotta and many preparatory drawings.
Of great interest the Zambelli-Perale collection of porcelains realized by Italian and European manufacturers between the eighteenth and the nineteenth centuries.

On the top floor you can see some works by Matteo Cesa (1425-1495), Bartolomeo Montagna (1450-1523), Palma il Giovane (1544-1628) and Domenico Tintoretto (1560-1635); paintings by Gaspare and Antonio Diziani, Antonio Lazzarini, by the painter and patriot from Belluno Ippolito Caffi (1809-1866), one of the major Italian painters of the Italian “vedutismo” style of the eighteenth century and many wood and terra-cotta sculptures made by skilled carvers of the Besarel workshop in Zoldo.

The Museum offers guided tours for groups and school groups and many educational activities for schools.



Opening days and accessibility

 Opening hours:

- from Tuesday to Sunday from 9 am to 12.00;
- Tuesday and Friday from 3 pm to 6 pm
- closed on November 1; December 8, 25 and 31; January 1

 

Address:

Piazza Duomo, 16
32100 Belluno

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