In 1958, the Picture Gallery, until then consisting mainly of medium-sized and large works with holy themes, passed under the national trust. In the following years it was enriched by donations and collections: today the museum has more than two hundred holy and profane works that offer the visitor a full view of Ferrarese painting between the 13th and the 17th centuries. The works are arranged in the rooms of the piano nobile, such as the Hall of Honour, decorated with beautiful 16th-century ceilings.
… whose aim is to turn to account the city’s the heritage and continue its great historic and artistic tradition. Ferrara Arte’s first exhibition, a review of Claude Monet and his friends, opened in 1991-92 and has continued ever since along various currents of research to the acclaim of critics and the public alike.
Following these are works by Aroldo Bonzagni and Achille Funi, a painter who imitated the classical style. One room is dedicated to the sculptures of Minerbi, Virgili, Giacomelli, Nenci and Zucchini. The collection of paintings then continues with Mimì Quilici Buzzacchi and Aldo Bandinelli. The work of Roberto Melli a Ferrarese artist who was interested in the value of light and its emotional possibilities occupies two rooms. The entire second half of the museum is dedicated to the work of Filippo De Pisis (1896-1956) after whom it is named. A very original artist who was a poet as well as a painter, throughout his work he managed to transmit a kind of dark melancholy that alternated with the search for a cosmic dimension. His colours in particular are unmistakable, passing from pastel to dark tones, which at times are broken up, almost wounded, by vivid dashes. There is a high number of still lifes, one of his cherished genres and one that clearly shows the influence of Giorgio Morandi. The disturbing theme of dead animals is also common. Among his many paintings of flowers mention must be given to the splendid Carnation Struck by Lightning of 1930. His portraits are of great intensity. The last room contains a small portion of the painter’s drawings, among which are many male nudes.
10.00-17.30Ticket office closes 30’ before closing time of the Museum. Closed January, 1st; December 25th.
Created in 1836, the Picture Gallery was the first public collection of Ferrarese paintings, put together to bring a halt to the dispersion of local artistic patrimony by setting up a modern museum in which to conserve and promote Ferrara’s art and culture.
The Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery houses important, prestigious temporary exhibitions organised in collaboration with Ferrara Arte,…
TEMPORARILY CLOSED. Re-opening after restoration. Exposition begins with two works by Mario Sironi: Justice and Mural Composition.
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