29th May 2015 – ‘Galleria Estense’ reopens to the world

galleria estense

Closed to the public following the earthquake of May 29th 2012, the Galleria Estense opened again on May 29th 2015. The city of Modena celebrated the reopening with “Notti Barocche”: thirty events such as contemporary art installations, concerts, exhibitions and lectures.
Since 1884 the Gallery has been housed in the Palazzo dei Musei, ex poorhouse, designed by the architect Pietro Termanini on commission of Francis III and completed in 1771. Since the end of 1800 to date the collections, kept on the top floor of the building, have several times changed arrangement dictated by diversified exhibition formulas.

At present, the rationally upgraded Gallery is equipped with all the tools and systems required to best preserve the works. It includes 20 exposition rooms, with explanatory and didactic setup and an illustrated guide for the visitors. The picture gallery comprises paintings, drawings, objects, bronzes and medals which belonged to the ducal family and came to Modena when the court moved to the new capital. Today it holds numerous masterpieces, gold oddments, tablets of the Flemish masters and Venetian and Emilian painting.
Among other things stand out for uncommon beauty the bust of Francis I by Bernini and the portrait of the duke of Velasquez. The white marble bust has recently been endowed with a complex pedestal earthquake proof realized on purpose with a crowdfunding strongly sustained also by Aceto Balsamico del Duca. In 1986, the company of Adriano Grosoli made a monetary contribution to the restoration of the portrait of Duke Francis I by Velazquez (since 1974 logo of Aceto Balsamico del Duca), masterfully carried out by Mrs M.Paola Degli Esposti, and in 2010 financed both the security system of the portrait and the new frame of the painting. So the Company could not miss the crowdfunding for the bust of Francis I by Bernini.
Visiting Galleria Estense is an unique experience that also gives emotions to art less experts who can admire the works of Correggio, Tintoretto, Guido Reni and Guercino.
Why not to unite to this experience a tour in “acetaia” to discovery the wonder of Balsamic Vinegar?
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