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Gallerie d'Italia: a journey into art

Gallerie d'Italia - Martirio di Sant'Orsola

Gallerie d’Italia in Milan, Naples, Turin and Vicenza.

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

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 monumental historic headquarters of the former Banco di Napoli, a building designed in 1940 by Marcello Piacentini, which was recently renovated; the new museum in Turin's Piazza San Carlo, in the historic palazzo Turinetti refurbished by architect Michele De Lucchi; the sumptuous baroque palace of Vicenza, unique in a Renaissance city.

Gallerie d’Italia - Milan

In Milan, museum-goers can visit rooms home to permanent collections. The two exhibitions are entitled “The 19th Century” and “Cantiere del ‘900”.

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

"The 19th Century" 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.

Cantiere del ‘900 Gallerie d’Italia - Milan

The 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. There are various itineraries that unwind throughout the five rooms of Palazzo Beltrami adjoining the magnificent central hall.

Gallerie d’Italia - Naples

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

One of the absolute masterpieces of the Intesa Sanpaolo collection, The Martyrdom of Saint Ursula by Caravaggio, takes centre stage in Naples. Inside the rooms, visitors are taken on a journey of discovery into Neapolitan art from the 17th to the early 20th century, including major works by the "Neapolitan sculptor" Vincenzo Gemito whose dedicated room features the famous portrait of the Young Neapolitan Woman or The Gypsy and famous sculptures including The Harpooner.

Arrangement of the collection of Attic and Magna Graecia pottery in dialogue with the collections of the National Archaeological Museum of Naples

The museum in Naples recently changed locations and opened to the public inside the historic headquarters of the former Banco di Napoli in Via Toledo. The project, overseen by architect Michele De Lucchi, allowed the museum to expand its exhibition space, allowing hitherto unpublished works within the "From Caravaggio to Gemito" itinerary and a series of 20th-century works to be seen, while enhancing the building's historical value. The collection of Attic and Magna Grecian pottery, a valuable set of ancient vases from the Vicenza museum, is now housed in the museum in Naples and is being presented for the very first time in its entirety.

Gallerie d’Italia - Vicenza

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 main floor of the Palazzo Leoni Montanari leads visitors to the 18th-century Venetian Art collection with its revamped itinerary. This journey explores the art of 18th-century Venice with paintings by Canaletto, Guardi, Longhi and Carlevarijs.

Visitors will marvel at the eighteenth-century group of sculptures called The Fall of the Rebel Angels, a remarkable pyramid of more than sixty statuettes carved out from a single block of Carrara marble. The work, long attributed to Agostino Fasolato, has been re-attributed after recent studies were completed to artist Francesco Bertos. 

The revamped display of the Russian icon collection at Palazzo Leoni Montanari. Marco Zorzanello | C72 STUDIO

The exhibition spaces at the Vicenza museum are also home to a selection of eighty Russian icons from the Intesa Sanpaolo collection, considered among the most important in the West, including extremely rare masterpieces from ancient times.

Gallerie d’Italia - Turin

Charles Dauphin, Saint Paul caught up into the third heaven, 1663-1664, Intesa Sanpaolo Collection

In May 2022, the fourth Gallerie d'Italia museum opened in Turin. The new museum was designed by Studio MDL - Michele De Lucchi. “Lit from above”, this museum is home to prestigious photographic exhibitions and a major collection of around seven million photos from the Intesa Sanpaolo Publifoto Archive.

Intesa Sanpaolo Publifoto Archive, Gallerie d’Italia – Turin

Finally, the main floor of the building is home to a valuable series of works dating back to between the 14th and 18th centuries, with a focus on Piedmontese Baroque art.

Also on display in a dedicated area are the nine magnificent canvases of the now-destroyed Oratory of the Compagnia di San Paolo.

The Gallerie d'Italia museums are open places for all citizens to explore, where art becomes an asset for everyone to enjoy. This is why making places of art accessible is absolutely fundamental to us and, as such, we offer initiatives dedicated to discovering the Bank's historical-artistic and architectural heritage.

Booking in advance is recommended and all information is available at the website  www.gallerieditalia.com.

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