Palazzo Abatellis

Palermo, Italy

Palazzo Abatellis is home to the Galleria Regionale della Sicilia, the Gallery of Art for the Sicilian region.

The palazzo, an example of Gothic-Catalan architecture, was designed in the 15th century by Matteo Carnelivari, at the time working in Palermo at the palazzo Aiutamicristo. It was the residence of Francesco Abatellis (or Patella), port master of the Kingdom of Sicily.

The regional gallery is home to many works acquired when several religious orders were suppressed in 1866. The ground floor contains 12th century wooden works, 14th and 15th century works including some by Antonello Gagini, painted maiolica from the 14th-17th centuries, the 15th-century Bust of a Gentlewoman by Francesco Laurana and painted panels of wooden ceilings. The large fresco of the Triumph of Death (most likely dating to 1445), is exhibited in the former chapel.

On the first floor is the museum's most famous work, the Virgin Annunciate, by Antonello da Messina (15th century), considered among Italy's best Renaissance paintings. Also present are three panels with St. AugustineSt. Gregory the Great and St. Jerome also by Antonello, once part of a polyptych now destroyed, and Vouet's Saint Agatha's Vision of Saint Peter in Prison. The museum contains the Netherlandish Malvagna triptych by the Early Netherlandish painters Jan Gossaert and Gerard David, and a Deposition by Jan Provost. It also houses a depiction of Moses by Pietro Novelli.



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Founded: 1954
Category: Museums in Italy


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yash pandya (15 months ago)
Was not expecting this to be good. But this is good. Also fun to spot all the Minne di Vergine in the pictures (and then go to the dolceria in the monastery to get one)
Michel Disdero (15 months ago)
Awesome place, including Antonello da Messina masterpieces
Valentina Strammiello (15 months ago)
Wonderful collection with relevant masterpieces but we lacked fresh air
Cristina G (16 months ago)
A little gem located in one of the oldest part of the beautiful city of Palermo. The Triumph of Death (il trionfo della morte) and the Annunziata (by Donatello da Messina) worth alone the visit, alongside several masterpiece (mainly paintings) from Middle Ages on. Don't miss the sculpture of Eleonora D'Aragona (by Francesco Laurana), a real beauty.
Holger Luedorf (17 months ago)
Worth visiting for the Triumph of Death painting alone...
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