MUNDA - Museo nazionale d'Abruzzo

The Museum

The National Museum d’ Abruzzo was inaugurated on September 23  1951   in  e le  of’ Aquila, recently restored from the damages of’ Nazi occupation . In it came together, in addition to the local Superintendent deposits, the collections of the Museo Civico Aquilano, established in the nineteenth century and dismantled in 1942 for war needs. In 1958, the eastern bastion of the fort welcomed the fossil skeleton of Mammuthus meridionalis discovered a few years earlier in Aquila basin. In 1966 there he reached also“ in temporary storage indefinitely” the works of the Diocesan Museum’ Sacred Art, isitutito Aquila in 1935. The church was indeed già rendered meritorious against treasures d’ art of the cityà ;, taking care, during the months più tragic war, the precautionary transfer in the Vatican deposits, safe from bombings and depredations.  A selection of the collections of the Museum, the earthquake of 6 April 2009 he dramatically ousted from its historic home,è now housed in the complex of’ former municipal slaughterhouse of’ Aquila , built in the years 1881-1883 and was decommissioned in 1990. In the  new temporary headquarters , after a shrewd repairs and restructuring, carried out between 2010 and 2015, has taken its place, protected by advanced seismic principals, a selection of a  sixty archaeological finds and 112 paintings, sculptures and jewelery from the Middle Ages to’ Età Modern . These are masterpieces that testify to the’ identity, history and vitalita` of culture of’ entire region, some of which recovered from the earthquake rubble and returned to life thanks to complex restoration.

< p>  archaeological section   ( room A ),è consists of finds from Amiternum, Aveia and Peltuinum, important Italic and Roman centers of Aquila basin, including the Calendar Amiternino  (About 20 A.D.) and the stone reliefs depicting a gladiatorial combat (I sec. A. C.), and a funeral ceremony (I sec. D.C.).&Nbsp; The  Abruzzo Middle Ages   ( Room B )è documented by a’ outstanding  collection of Madonnas , which for richness and qualityà art has few comparisons in the national and international level: some rare and precious  icons painted thirteenth   (Madonna“ de Ambro&rdquo ;, Madonna di Sivignano, Madonna di Montereale), and numerous  woodcarvings ; majestic and sacred ones of Romanesque-Byzantine culture, dating back to Millecento and Twelve hundred (Lettopalena Madonna, Madonna of Cocanelle); slender and willowy ones fourteenth century, which reveal the sweetness of the face and the refined lines of spiritualityà and the grace of the new Gothic art (Fossa Madonna, Madonna di San Silvestro). The  XV   ( Room C ) opens with dazzling  paint on the bottom d’ gold plated : among them the Triptych Beffi ( 1410-1415), attributed to Leonardo di Teramo Sabino. Testimonials of the first Renaissance Abruzzo are the paintings by Andrea Delitio and wooden sculptures of John of Biasuccio and Silvestro dell’ Aquila (San Sebastian, 1478). Among the paintings of the subject and Franciscan commission (Room D) stands the altarpiece depicting St. John of Capistrano and stories of his life, the work of an unknown master of the complex culture, which is also attributed the painting depicting St. Francis receiving the stigmata.&Nbsp; In the  Five hundred   ( Room E ) shows the’ original personalityà Saturnino Gatti recently rinosciuto among the leading figures of the Italian Renaissance. Of this artist, the Museum exhibits two paintings on wood (Lady of the Angels, 1505; Madonna of the Rosary, 1511) and several terracotta carvings (Nativity of Tione and Sant’ Anthony, 1512), saved by the earthquake and admirably restored. They conclude the exhibition the paintings of important masters of the  Neapolitan Seicento   ( Room F ): Mattia Preti, Bernardo Cavallino, Jusepe de Ribera, Andrea Vaccaro, Massimo Stanzione.


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Via Tancredi da Pentima
67100 L'Aquila


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