Born in the late nineteenth century by the will of educated and distinguished Venetian collectors, the Museum of Torcello, divided by two sections the Archaeological and Medieval and Modern, tells the thousand-year history of the island and its relationship with the hinterland and Venice; It tells of a "place" suspended between water and land, which over the centuries has changed, it has become due to natural events and man. A path that starts by the findings that attest to the intense commercial trades in the lagoon and its inhabitants Mycenaean Age (II millennium BC), winds through Venetian, pre-Roman and Roman, Byzantine and early medieval and crosses the Venetian glorious times to arrive until the nineteenth century.

The Section Archaeological finds from discoveries in the lagoon area dall'agro altinate arrived accompanied by works in the museum from private collections, such as the collection of Egyptian statues in bronze and ceramics, covering a time span from the Paleolithic to the late Roman. Extensive collection of Greek ceramics, from Etruscan Italiot and VII to IV BC which presents various types of decorative elements and production techniques. The Roman ceramic consists of a little extended nucleus but significant: kitchen utensils and tableware for funerary use, glasses and cups, different types of lamps. Of cult and funerary use the proto bronzes in human and animal figure of Etruscan production, Italic and paleoveneta, which are combined to personal use and ornamental objects like fibulas and mirrors. In Roman times, however, the sacred character of bronzes from domestic lararia and table objects and instruments, as well as figurative and antefixes slabs from sanctuaries of central and southern Europe. Works of Greek sculpture small have come to Torcello by the Venetian collectors. Roman copies and reworkings of Greek originals, funerary monuments and portraits coming from Altino, the polls are and stones complement the sculptural collection of archaeological section.

The Mediaeval and Modern Art exhibits works and documents dating from the sixth to the nineteenth century. Stone materials and architectural fragments testify to the profound cultural and artistic ties with the Byzantine Empire, and with the presence of works produced in the East, like the wonderful holy water of the sixth century or collecting encolpion, medals and bronze fibula, both with persistence and reuse of Byzantine decorative patterns in locally produced items. From the Basilica of Torcello they arrived at the museum fragments of wall decoration extent of wonderful workmanship and Altarpiece in gilded silver of the XIII century, a rare surviving example, albeit incomplete, of an ecclesiastical furniture spread lagoon area. Wooden sculptures of the lagoon area, Byzantine icons and panel paintings of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries of sacred subjects find their best examples in polychrome and gilded bas-relief depicting a "Pietà" and in the table with Christ Step demonstrating clear Tuscan influences, Della Torcello disappearance , asks of his demolished, there is memory left in the Annunciation, Adoration of the Magi, in the Share a story of the Virgin and in the stories of Santa Cristina of Veronese's workshop, from the Church of St. Anthony in Torcello. Of the social and productive life of Torcello and now submerged nearby islands, are the echoes in the fragments of everyday pottery, in the coins, in the glass, in the cooking tripod and the factory waste, memory workshops and active furnaces.

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Piazza Torcello,
30142 Venezia


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