MAEC - Museum of the Etruscan Academy and of the city of Cortona


The history of the MAEC began in 1727, when the Etruscan Academy was born which had among its statutory purposes the dissemination of historical and artistic culture through the fundamental tools of the Library and Museum; in the course of its nearly three centuries of life, the Museum in particular has had extraordinary developments, up to the definitive structuring which took place in 2008. It is currently divided into two main sections dedicated respectively to the Etruscan Academy and to the Etruscan and Roman city of Cortona; the first contains the testimonies of the life and continuous activity of the city's most famous cultural institution, starting from the first bequests arranged by the academics of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries or from the purchases gradually made: among the most valuable works are to be remembered the Etruscan bronze chandelier, the so-called Musa Polimnia, the collection of Etruscan and Roman ceramics and bronzes , the Corbelli collection of materials from the Egyptian civilization; there is no lack of more recent testimonies, such as the impressive collection of art and furniture objects already held by the Tommasi Baldelli family, one of the most famous families in the city, or the series of works by the Cortonese painter Gino Severini, one of the founders of futurism, sold to Cortona by the same Master. Many archaeological materials from the city and the territory are also presented.


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Piazza Signorelli, 9
52044 Cortona


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