The aristocratic residence in Lucca conserves its original appearance and is home to the Pinacoteca Nazionale
The Palazzo Mansi National Museum is located inside one of the most splendid noble residences in the city, which the state purchased in 1965 from the heirs of the Mansi family. Restored to serve its new role, the palace conserves its original appearance, enriched with frescoes, stucco decorations, furniture, tapestries and upholstery.
The monumental apartment on the first floor is the most precious part of the palace. The Music Hall, equipped with a small stage for the orchestra, is decorated with frescoes by Gian Gioseffo del Sole (1688) and architectural frames by Marcantonio Chiarini. In the chapel, visitors can find original upholstery and furniture. The Hall of Mirrors retains its Neoclassical appearance following renovations in the early 1800s. Some rooms are decorated with Flemish tapestries and precious curtains. The bedroom is richly furnished with embroidered upholstery and a canopy bed.
Lucca’s Pinacoteca Nazionale is housed in these splendid rooms, home to artworks coming from the Medici and Grand Ducal collections.
On the second floor, there are 19th- and 20th-century works coming from Lucca, while the palace’s historic kitchens now house Maria Niemack’s rustic weaving workshop.
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