The Mandralisca Palace and Museum
The Mandralisca Museum is located in the heart of the historic center of Cefalù where there is the noble palace that was once home to the family of the Mandralisca barons. The Mandralisca Cultural Foundation today manages the baron's assets: in particular, the paintings, art objects and antique furniture that belonged to him in his lifetime continue to be kept in his residence, which has now become a museum. Palazzo Mandralisca is therefore an example of an ancient residence of a Sicilian noble family, full of charm and atmosphere. Among other things, there is an important Library, containing about 3,700 volumes of humanistic, historical and philosophical subjects, ancient manuscripts by local authors, rare incunabula and sixteenth century writers. In the main hall, where the Baron used to receive his distinguished guests, there is the Pinacoteca where it is possible to admire paintings dating back to different eras and of various subjects. The so-called Sala dell'Antonello takes its name from the most important oil painting on wood in the Mandralisca collection, the famous Portrait of the Unknown by Antonello da Messina, the most talented painter of the 15th century in Europe. In the museum there is also an important archaeological collection, the result of the research activity to which the baron dedicated most of his life.