Civic Museums of the Visconteo Castle
The Civic Museums of Pavia , in the Lombard city of the same name, have been based since the Second World War in the Castello Visconteo , built by Galeazzo II Visconti between 1360 and 1365.
The tour of the Civic Museums takes place inside rooms that still preserve precious frescoes from the Visconti and Sforza eras. Despite being deprived of the northern wing with which the ducal residence overlooked the Park, thus joining the Certosa, the Castle keeps intact the suggestive harmony of the masterpiece, one of the most famous of Lombard late Gothic architecture.
The Civic Museums of Pavia preserve a heritage of art and history particularly linked to the city and its territory , with unique masterpieces such as pieces of Longobard goldsmith's art , the plutei of Santa Maria Teodote, the floor mosaics from the 12th century, the wooden model of the Duomo, but also paintings by famous artists such as Gentile da Fabriano, Antonello da Messina, Giovanni Bellini, Vincenzo Foppa, Ambrogio Bergognone, Hayez, Federico Faruffini, Zandomeneghi and so on.
The collections are divided over three floors and include the archaeological and Longobard section, the Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance sections, the Malaspina Art Gallery with works from the 14th to the 16th century and those from the 17th and 18th centuries, the 19th century picture gallery, the Civic School of Painting, the Morone Collection, Paesaggi Pavia del '900, the Section 900/2000; the Museum of the Risorgimento, the Room of the First World War, the modern sculpture section and Gipsoteca, the Collector's Room, the one dedicated to the Battle of Pavia and the Visconti Library, as well as spaces used for temporary exhibitions in the Rivellino room and in the Stables .