Biellese Territory Museum

Biellese Territory Museum

The Museum of the Biellese Territory was inaugurated in the current site of the former Convent of San Sebastiano, in 2001. The Museum houses the civic collections which, starting from the second half of the nineteenth century, have been enriched up to the present day, through findings on the territory, donations, bequests and deposits. The heterogeneous museum patrimony has allowed to articulate the visit itinerary through the Paleontological, Archaeological, Egyptian, Pre-Columbian and Historical-artistic sections. The Paleontological section illustrates how up to 2 and a half million years ago the sea occupied vast areas of the Biella area, forming a knot with the "Moving on the water" section, the undisputed protagonist of which is the single-osseous pirogue from the Roman age, found in the Bertignano lake. .
In the large hall that houses the archaeological collections, a chronological path, divided into several rooms, develops over time from Prehistory to the Middle Ages: from protohistoric finds from Viverone and Burcina, to the history of the exploitation of the Bessa auripodines by the Celts first and then of the Romans, up to the Roman necropolis of Biella and Cerrione, with its Leponzio tombstones, to reach the Medieval section where the finds on Mount Rubello that tell of Fra 'Dolcino are reported.
To complete the archaeological heritage two important sections, the result of donations from illustrious Biellese: the Egyptian room, closely linked to two famous Biellese citizens, Corradino Sella and Ernesto Schiaparelli, which preserves and enhances, among others, the mummy of Taaset and its magnificent wooden sarcophagus, and the room of the Pre-Columbian Cultures, the result of the donation of the Biella entrepreneur Ugo Canepa. The finds belong to the cultures that flourished in Mesoamerica, in the Intermedia area (Mexico, Costa Rica, Nicaragua) and in the Andean territories before the arrival of the Conquistadores and allow us to learn about the knowledge and habits of life of ethnic-cultural groups settled in the territories that currently they range from Mexico to Peru, from the 1st millennium BC to the Hispanic conquest. The visit continues with the historical-artistic collections. In the large hall on the first floor, starting from the pictorial evidence of the twelfth century, it is possible to follow the evolution of the figurative culture and the local collecting taste with sixteenth-century works from the most illustrious Vercelli workshops and Caravaggesque paintings or eighteenth-century Venetian school paintings.
The collections of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the result of private donations, make it possible to present Piedmontese landscape painting with remarkable paintings by Antonio Fontanesi, Marco Calderini, Giovanni Giani and Giovanni Piumati and to include the production of Lorenzo Delleani in a wider artistic cultural context. native of Pollone and one of the greatest exponents of landscape painting of his time.
The Museum preserves the pointillist masterpiece "Reflections of a hungry" by Emilio Longoni, which opens the path dedicated to Biella collecting from which works by Carlo Carrà, Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo up to the major exponents of the historical avant-gardes of the first half of the twentieth century, such as Renè Magritte, Paul Klee, Max Ernst, Marc Chagall, Joan Mirò and fellow countrymen Giacomo Balla and Lucio Fontana.


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Via Q. Sella, 54/b
13900 Biella


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