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The Revoltella Museum was opened in 1872 in the palazzo belonging to Baron Revoltella (Venice 1795-Trieste 1869).He decided that the art gallery had to be useful to those who ?engaged in the study of the fine arts?.
Thanks to the frequent purchases and substantial donations made to the museum from the early years, the collection soon outgrew the exhibition space available, and the Municipality of Trieste decided to purchase the two buildings contiguous to the Baron?s 18th century residence, Palazzo Brunner and Palazzo Basevi.
In 1963 Carlo Scarpa was commissioned a project to extend and refurbish the three buildings. The works took a long time and only after several years and a few partial openings, was the museum completed and inaugurated in 1993. In 1995, on the occasion of the bicentenary of Baron Revoltella?s birth, the museum undertook the renovation of the Baron?s residence, giving new life both to the reception rooms and to his private living quarters, and retrieving all the furniture and ornaments that had been Iying for decades In the museum storerooms. The floors, part of the furnishings and the chandeliers were restored and some of the wall tapestries replaced.
From the rather small number of works originally owned by the Baron, the museum?s collection grew considerably over a short period of time. Works of art were purchased from the main Italian and foreign exhibitions (Munich, Vienna, Turin, Venice Biennial Exhibition, Rome Quadriennial Exhibition, Trieste exhibitions) and, especially at the start of the century, several large donations were made to the museum. The collection covers a period of time from the early 19th century to the 1960s. There are examples of neoclassical sculpture and early 19th century painting. There are several works of the second half of the 19th century, documenting the success of the regional schools, of the orientalist movement, and of foreign, especially transalpine, art traditions.
Address: Via Diaz 27
Directions: Opening times:
10am-1pm ; 3pm-7pm
Sundays and bank holidays: 10am-1pm
Closed on Tuesdays
During the summer evenings you can appreciate the Bar on the panoramic terrace.
Phone: Tel: 040/300938 Fax 302742
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