The Masnago Castle
The museum hosts an important collection established thanks to numerous legacies of distinguishes citizens. Inside its rooms, the fifteenth-century pictorial cycles, commissioned by the previous owners and attributable to the style of the International Gothic, dialogue with modern and contemporary works.
The representations and decorative apparatus of the frescoes characterize the main rooms of the museum: "Sala degli Svaghi", "Sala dei Vizi e delle Virtù" and "Sala della Musica". In these are exhibited paintings from the 17th to the 20 th century by authors such as Morazzone, Ceranino, Hayez, Cremona, Ranzoni, Balla, Pellizza da Volpedo, Enrico Baj and other important modern Lombard painters.
Of a more contemporary character, there are the works of sculptors like Tavernari and the local artist and designer Marcello Morandini. The external structure of the castle is a combination of architectural elements. The oldest is the tower, a typical component of medieval defensive structures, whose presence is accompanied and softened by the 15th century building and the 17th century wing.
Walking through the corridors of the museum, the visitor can try to admire that balance between past and present, ancient and contemporary, religious art and abstractionism, which relates the "container" and its "content". Everything is contextualized within the Mantegazza Park, characterized by an extraordinary wealth of plant species, which make it similar to a small botanical garden.