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Ospite a Palazzo

Reopened in May 2021 in partnership with Assicurazioni Generali, the extraordinary house-museum of Palazzo Cini in San Vio preserves a precious nucleus of the antique art collection of Vittorio Cini, entrepreneur and philanthropist, who was also one of the most important collectors of the Italian twentieth century.

The gallery exhibits a precious legacy of paintings, sculptures and art objects, composing a remarkable itinerary of Italian art from the 13th to the 18th century. Among the masterpieces on display are the extraordinary series of paintings from the Florentine Renaissance, including works by Beato Angelico and Piero di Cosimo, and the collection of paintings from Ferrara with works by Dosso Dossi, Cosmè Tura, Ercole de’ Roberti and other artists from the “Ferrara workshop” such as Marco Zoppo, Baldassarre d’Este, Ludovico Mazzolino, Lorenzo Costa.

Thanks to the initiative “L’ospite a Palazzo” (The guest at the palace) – which already in the past years offered the opportunity to exhibit in the rooms of the Gallery some masterpieces on loan from the major Italian and international museums in order to interweave visual relationships and content with the works of the permanent collection – the famous painting “San Giorgio and the dragon” by Paolo Uccello will be exhibited, from the Musée Jacquemart-André in Paris, granted by the French institution on the occasion of the loan of “Il giudizio di Paride” (The Judgement of Paris) by Botticelli and workshop, which will leave the Galleria di Palazzo Cini in September for the Parisian exhibition “Botticelli: un laboratoire de la Renaissance” (September 10, 2021 – January 24, 2022).

Palazzo Cini is also home to the renewed “Piranesi Roma Basilico” exhibition, opening in 2020, curated by Luca Massimo Barbero, director of the Cini Foundation’s Institute of Art History, with the collaboration of the Gabriele Basilico Archive.


Location: Cini Palace, San Vio, Venice

Schedule: until October 31, 2021