National Museum of Abruzzo - L'Aquila
The National Museum of Abruzzo, MUNDA, awaiting the restoration of the 16th century Castle, reopened its doors at the temporary headquarters of the former slaughterhouse of L'Aquila in Borgo Rivera in front of the monumental Fountain of 99 Spouts. The museum, reopened in December 2015, is now housed in the former slaughterhouse, a building of the '30s of the twentieth century, renovated with cutting-edge anti-seismic criteria. Part of the collection comes from the castle of L'Aquila (1534-1567), a grandiose building built by the Spanish on the site of a smaller fortress. The castle in turn contained the collections of the Civic Museum and the Diocesan Museum, the most significant documents of regional art. In the art collections, in the wooden and stone sculptures (XII-XVI century) and in the examples of Abruzzo goldsmith's art (XIII-XVIII century), among which the processional cross (1434) by Nicola da Guardiagrele, there are numerous paintings that illustrate the evolution of Abruzzo painting (Master of S. Silvestro, Andrea Delitio, Master of Crivelleschi Polyptides, Master of S.. Giovanni da Capestrano) and testimonies of sixteenth and seventeenth-century painting (Francesco da Montereale, Paolo Cardone, Giulio Cesare Bedeschini); also Flemish paintings (Carl Ruther, Aert Mytens, Luis Finson), of Roman school (Giacomo Farelli, Giacinto Brandi, Marcantonio Franceschini) and Neapolitan school (Francesco Solimena, Francesco De Mura). Worthy of note is the statue of S. Sebastiano, a masterpiece by Silvestro dell'Aquila (1478), the city banner (1579) and four splendid paintings by Mattia Preti (1615-1669). The archaeological section is mainly composed of epigraphic materials of great interest, found in Roman cities in the area (1st century AD), which include the famous Amiternino Calendar. There is also exposed the remarkable bas-relief with the funeral procession. Some rooms are dedicated to modern and contemporary art, with works by Maccari, Guttuso, Guidi, Capogrossi, Tamburi, Cantatore and a series of artists linked to Abuzzo such as Brindisi, Spoltore and Cascella. The 19th century room, formerly known as the Michetti room, houses the painting by Francesco Paolo Michetti (1851-1929) entitled I Monticelli del 1880, as well as a painting by Pasquale Celommi (1851-1928) and two sculptures by Costantino Barbella (1852-1925). In a room on the ground floor is the Greek donation. In the nearby bastion you can admire the imposing fossil of an Archidiskodon meridionalis vestinus, progenitor of today's elephants, found in 1954 near L'Aquila.
Tuesday-Sunday 8.30-19.30 (Closed: Monday).
The ticket office closes 30 minutes before.
Tel. +39 0862 28420; +39 335 5964661
Ticket: € 4.00, reduced € 2.00
Educational workshops organized by the D-Munda Association
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