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Museo Diocesano di Massa

Museum of the Diocese in Massa

The museum has the aim of safeguarding a rich collection of paintings and sacred objects from the area

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The museum is located in the rooms on the noble floor of the former Palazzo Vescovile in Massa. Constructed in the late 16th century, it was originally home to the children of the ducal family Cybo Malaspina, and was restructured in the late 1600s. In 1738, it became the location of the ducal administration offices, and in 1822, it was home to the members of the diocese of Massa. In this period, it was restructured once again by architect Giovanni Marchelli and remained the Episcopal seat until 1970.

The main aim of the museum is that of safeguarding and conserving the rich collection of paintings and sacred objects from the area’s churches. Some artworks are on display at the pinacoteca, or main gallery, to better protect and conserve them. Other artworks are displayed in temporary thematic exhibitions that offer visitors a more in-depth knowledge of the lesser-known artistic tradition of the area. Such exhibitions are an opportunity to further study and research artworks and their eventual restoration.

Noteworthy artworks on display include an altarpiece by Bernardino del Castelletto, created for the Santa Elisabetta convent, which later became the altarpiece of the Episcopal chapel; and other precious liturgical objects from the cathedral.

Among the artworks that have been retrieved from churches in the area are the “Santo Monaco” by Jacopo della Quercia degli Uliveti and sculptures by Felice Palma.

Disabled Access:
Full access to the disabled.

Contact: webdiocesi.chiesacattolica.it
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