Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna

Via delle Belle Arti 56 (Bologna)

The National Art Gallery is located in the former Jesuit novitiate of St. Ignatius. Today, the structure of the museum is completely renovated (1997) according to the most modern principles of conservation and museum construction, and offers visitors a fascinating journey through Emilian painting from the thirteenth to the eighteenth century.
It became one of the most important European Art collections, the art gallery was founded in 1808 as a picture gallery of the Fine Arts Museum and became independent in 1882. In the fourteenth century there are the works of Vitale, Jacopino (Pseudo) , Simone dei Crocefissi and Jacopo di Paolo, Giotto and Lorenzo Veneziano, in addition to one of the largest collections of fourteenth century frescoes taken from other places (like those from Church of Mezzaratta). In the Renaissance section there are paintings by Vivarini, Cossa and Costa, Perugino and Raffaello and the masterpieces of Parmigianino and Tiziano. The richest section of the seventeenth century offers rooms which are dedicated to the three, Carracci and Guido Reni, Guercino, Domenichino and Tiarini. The exhibition concludes with works from the eighteenth century, Emilian (Crespi, Creti, Gandolfi). Upstairs is the “Gabinetto of Drawings and Prints”, filled with thousands of pieces, available to view on request.

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