Costantino Barbella Museum in Chieti
in the seventeenth-century Palazzo Martinetti-Bianchi in Chieti, the
Costantino Barbella Museum, founded in the seventies of the last century,
collects works of art dating from the fourteenth to the twentieth century,
collected thanks to large donations of contemporary artists and works from
churches and convents in the surrounding area. It is named after the sculptor
Costantino Barbella (XIX century), of whom it exhibits terracotta sculptures
representing characters and scenes from the agricultural world of Abruzzo. There
is a fresco detached from the Sienese school, which depicts a Madonna and Child
(XIV century), the table with Saint attributed to Francesco da Montereale
(XVI century) and the preparatory drawing for the Massacre of the Innocents
by Luca Giordano.
are also works by six-seventeenth-century landscape designers, Raffaele
Ferrara and Nicola De Laurentis, neoclassical theatine artists,
and in 800 the works of Filippo Palizzi, Basilio Cascella and
Paolo Michetti. The museum also has a collection of contemporary
works from the different editions of the Michetti Prize (established in
1947). The collection of majolica tiles from the sixteenth and eighteenth
centuries, made by the Castelli manufactures, is of great importance.
beautiful collection is divided into 5 sections: paintings from the
fifteenth to nineteenth century, Barbella's sculptures, drawings on paper,
paintings of the Michetti Prize and majolica of Castelli. In the first
section dedicated to painting, there are frescoes from the destroyed
church of San Domenico in Chieti, some paintings from the 15th century,
a large group of Neapolitan canvases (XVII-XVIII century) and paintings from
the 19th century, including the works of the abruzzesi Cascella and
Orario di visita: martedì e giovedì h 9.00-13.00 e 16.00-19.00;
mercoledì, venerdì e sabato h 9.00-13.00; ogni prima domenica del mese h 9.00-12.00;
chiuso lunedì e domenica.
In the second part of
the exhibition there are sculptures by Chieti Costantino Barbella:
sketches and terracottas representing the agro-pastoral world, and some
bronzes, including the funerary sculpture "Death".
In the third part we
find works on paper from the 18th-XIXth century; it ranges from the
scenographic sketches of Bibiena to watercolours that reproduce the typical
costumes of Abruzzo.
In the fourth section, works from the Michetti National Prize of Painting
by Francavilla a Mare (CH) and the Paglione donation, dedicated to
contemporary art, are exhibited in rotation.
In the last room there
is a collection of majolica tiles dedicated to the most important exponents
of ceramic production.
MUSEO D’ARTE "COSTANTINO BARBELLA"
Palazzo Martinetti Bianchi. Via C. De Lollis, 10.
Tel. 0871 330873.
Visiting hours: Tuesday and Thursday at 9.00 a. m. - 13.00 a. m. and 4.00 p.
m. - 7.00 p. m.;
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 9.00 a. m. - 13.00 a. m.; every first
Sunday of the month at 9.00 a. m. -12.00 a. m.;
closed Monday and Sunday.
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