Diocesan Museum

Genoa, Italy

The Diocesan museum of Genoa is located is found inside the old residence of the canons of the Cathedral of San Lorenzo and is accessible through the cloister of San Lorenzo. The cloister, built in the 12th century, is characterized by two levels of arches resting on double Romanesque columns with leaved capitals. In the 17th century two sides of the building were modified, with the double columns substituted with heavy pilasters in order to support the above two floors constructed for additional space.

The museum houses objects from the diocese of Genoa and the surrounding area, including sculptures, paintings, frescoes, illuminated manuscripts, and a series of liturgical items, as well as an archeological area.



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Founded: 2000
Category: Museums in Italy

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Siegfried B (16 months ago)
The diocesan museum of Genova offers and amazing overview of Genovese art. It walks you through the evolution of painting in Genova through a relatively small but excellent collection of local paintings. Some of the paintings are of a remarkable quality and relevance. The museum is in an old cloister with a very nice cloister yard. You can also visit the exquisite “Genova Blue”, which are centuries old, painted sheets for the Easter passion week. Well worth a visit if you like Italian paintings and religious artwork.
Gaetano Cavaleri (2 years ago)
Diocesan Art Museum in a restored medieval cloister with exhibitions of frescoes, sculptures, and other works of a religious nature. Also inside you can find historical finds, statues and fabrics. The cloister can be visited by appointment with a guided group tour. which you will see starts from the archaeological remains of ancient Rome up to the modern one with paintings by Luca Cambiaso including the Last Supper .. the crucifixion .. and God the blessing Father .. as well as great works from the late 16th century Madrid escorial. Then there are the gold funds of Barnaba da Modena 14th 15th century and the funerary monument of Cardinal Luca Fieschi. Work of a 14th century Pisan workshop .. the Madonna Enthroned by Perin from the vague 16th century .. the wooden sculptures by Anton Maria Maragliano XVIII century and 500 fabric fabrics in blue color considered ancestors of jeans. You will also find paintings in white monochrome. The museum is a stone's throw from the cathedral of San Lorenzo. It can be reached either on foot from piazza Loading once you get off the bus n.1. Both from the Brignole station on foot going up via XX Settembre to piazza De Ferrari.
Kevin Senàrega (2 years ago)
A stone's throw from the Cathedral and housed in its primitive cloister, the Diocesan Museum is an essential step in the knowledge and history of the city. In addition to the intrinsic beauty of the medieval building - the ancient Cloister of the Canons -, it preserves valuable pieces including paintings, sculptures, textiles and jewelery, in a chronological period that starts from Roman archaeological remains up to the modern era. . Among the various works on display, some canvases by Luca Cambiaso - the Last Supper, the Crucifixion and God the Father blessing -, undoubtedly the most internationally known Ligurian artist, thanks to the complexity of his artistic experience, his quality as a draftsman and above all to his work at the Escorial in Madrid, which confirms his notoriety in the panorama of the late sixteenth century in Europe. Also worthy of mention are the luminous "gold backgrounds" of Barnaba da Modena (14th and 15th centuries), the funerary monument of Cardinal Luca Fieschi, a work from a Pisan workshop (14th century), the Madonna Enthroned by Perin del Vaga (15th century) . XVI) and the wooden sculptures by Anton Maria Maragliano (XVIII century). Absolute unicum in the European - if not world - panorama are the so-called Blu di Genova, very rare sixteenth-century '' jeans fabric '' cloths dyed in blue - and for this reason considered the ancestor of Jeans - painted in white monochrome and depicting the Stories of the Passion of Christ, that is, all those episodes in the life of Jesus that prelude to his Crucifixion. The sheets have particular shapes and holes, due to the fact that on Holy Thursday they were assembled in the form of a small building (commonly called the Sepulcher), into which one could enter to adore the Eucharist. ?➡ the Diocesan Museum `` A two steps from the Cathedral '' can be easily reached by motorbike by car or by public transport. ?.? ?
Massimo Conti (3 years ago)
It is a splendor. The history of Genoa is relived
DAVID SNYDER (4 years ago)
Beautiful and well organized collection in a remarkable cloister.
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