Diocesan Museum Francesco Gonzaga Of Mantua
The Diocesan Museum Francesco Gonzaga of Mantua is located in the greater cloister of the ex - Augustinian monastery of St. Agnes. The monastery was founded in the fourteenth century with the adjoining church rich in works of art. The monastery enjoyed great prestige enough to accommodate the Emperor Charles V. After the suppression of all the eighteenth-century monasteries and convents, that of St. Agnes, once demolished the church, was intended for civil use. The former convent was redeemed by the diocese in the twentieth century and, after a campaign of whole restoration was intended to services for the school. Subsequently it became the seat of diocesan bodies and the first museum nucleus. The Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art was opened in 1983 as a result of a collection of works of art of various kinds: paintings, sculptures, jewelry, textiles, illuminated manuscripts, ceramics, ivory and warlike instruments. After opening, the core of the collection of works has always gone growing to become one of the major museums not only for the city but throughout the province. On 7 June 2008, following the new production and recovery of neoclassical front was opened with a dedication to Francesco Gonzaga. The Museum currently houses, besides the permanent exhibition, temporary exhibitions and conferences.