Gallerie d'Italia: a journey into art

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Galleries of Italy in Milan, Naples and Vicenza.

Intesa Sanpaolo museums are open to the public only in yellow area Regions every day of the week, in line with the ministerial provisions that allow museums to open.

The masterpieces of the art collections owned by the Group take centre stage at the Gallerie d’Italia in Milan, Naples and Vicenza, the three hubs of our museum and cultural complex. Alongside our works, Milan’s hub in Piazza della Scala also features numerous and important paintings of the nineteenth century, including the famous canvases by Francesco Hayez and the sequence of bas-reliefs by Antonio Canova, owned by Fondazione Cariplo.

The palazzos, extraordinary in their diversity, are worth a visit in and of themselves: the complex of the three Milanese buildings, Palazzo Beltrami, Palazzo Anguissola Antona Traversi and Palazzo Brentani, which retrace Milan’s history from the eighteenth century to the last century, overlooking via Manzoni and Piazza Scala; the princely palace of Naples, with an unmistakable liberty influence on the original seventeenth-century layout; the sumptuous baroque palace of Vicenza, unique in a Renaissance city.

Gallerie d'Italia Milan: two unique itineraries

The rooms that house the permanent collections, allowing visitors to view the two exhibitions “Da Canova a Boccioni” and “Cantiere del ’900", were reopened to visitors in Milan.

Umberto Boccioni, Three women, 1909-1910, Intesa Sanpaolo Collection, Photo by Paolo Vandrasch, Milan

Umberto Boccioni, Three women, 1909-1910, Intesa Sanpaolo Collection, Photo by Paolo Vandrasch, Milan

"Da Canova a Boccioni" offers an exploration which, beginning with Neoclassicism, represented by the bas-reliefs of Canova, goes right through to the early 20th century with the pre-Futurist canvases of Boccioni, spanning a century of Italian art.

The new selection of works by "Cantiere del ’900", Intesa Sanpaolo’s project dedicated to the enhancement of the artistic heritage of the twentieth and twenty-first century, inaugurated in 2012 and renovated in 2020, focuses in this edition on a selection of masterpieces from the fifties and eighties, with works by Fontana, Burri, Vedova, Afro, Dorazio, Schifano and Manzoni. Several itineraries wind through the five rooms of Palazzo Beltrami connected to the magnificent central hall which until recently hosted the unprecedented comparison between the “Graces” of Canova and Thorvaldsen, and currently showcases sculptures by Carrino, Staccioli, Pascali, Fontana, Cavaliere and Colla.

The evolution of the figurative arts in Naples

Caravaggio (Michelangelo Merisi), Martyrdom of St. Ursula, 1610, Intesa Sanpaolo Collection, Photo by Luciano Pedicini, Naples

The masterpiece of Intesa Sanpaolo’s collections, The Martyrdom of Saint Ursula by Caravaggio, takes centre stage once again at Palazzo Zevallos Stigliano, in Naples. The magnificent palazzo takes visitors on a journey of discovery of Neapolitan art from the seventeenth to the early twentieth century, including the important collection of works by Vincenzo Gemito, a “Neapolitan sculptor” who unveils the famous portrait of the Zingara, along with famous sculptures such as theFiociniere in the room especially dedicated to him.

Gallerie d'Italia - Palazzo Leoni Montanari, a dialogue between collections

Michele Marieschi, View of the Canal Grande showing the Wine and Coal Wharves, c. 1730-1735, Intesa Sanpaolo Collection, Photo V. Maino

In Vicenza, the piano nobile of Palazzo Leoni Montanari takes its visitors on an all-new guided tour: next to the 18th-century Venetian art collection, an authentic journey into 18th century Venice with paintings by Guardi, Longhi and Carlevarijs, a new display of Attic and Magna Graecia pottery enables an original dialogue between a selection of ancient vases and the mythological-themed decorations featuring on the frescoes of the exhibition rooms. Visitors will marvel at the eighteenth-century group of sculptures called The Fall of the Rebel Angels, a remarkable pyramid of sixty statuettes carved out from a single block of Carrara marble, created in the mid-eighteenth century by Agostino Fasolato.

Booking is highly recommended by purchasing admission tickets online at www.gallerieditalia.com where it is also possible to find all information relating to admission fees, opening days and times as well as precise guidelines to ensure the safety of all during the visit.

The Gallerie d’Italia visitors will also have the opportunity to purchase the additional audio guides at the ticket office, which can then be easily downloaded by installing the MuseOn app on their smartphone.

The website www.gallerieditalia.com includes all information relating to the temporary exhibitions currently on display.