- Art & Culture
Musei Civici di Monza
Monza and its history in a rediscovered museum. The collections of the city are in Casa degli Umiliati.
After 30 years of closure, in 2014, 140 masterpieces were brought back to light, belonging to the Monza collection, in a Medieval residence known as Casa degli Umiliati.
Surprising works that tell of the events in the city, from days past to today.
The Museum’s exhibit develops over two floors in approximately 900 square metres of space and showcases paintings and sculptures that represent the history of the city: archaeological relics, Medieval traces, paintings and sculptures from the XVI to XXI centuries.
In the first two sections on the ground floor are the oldest relics: tombstones, funeral monuments, votives and part of monumental buildings dating from I century to IV century, including an epigraph, sculpted in granite on a votive in which the ancient name of the local people is written, Modiciates; also present is a small but significant collection of Medieval relics that show the aspects and habits of Medieval Monza.
The third section is dedicated to contemporary works of art coming from the Biennale Giovani: over 80 pieces awarded and purchased by the museum, a selection of which is displayed in the section "La Tradizone del Futuro", at the beginning of the visit.
On the first floor displayed throughout ten exhibition rooms are the great masterpieces of the Monza collection, with well-known works from the Nineteenth and Twentieth centuries.
The antique art section opens the exhibition with works dating back to the XVI and XVII centuries, making up the original nucleus of the museum’s collection, displayed in groups focussing on the different themes in the Renaissance and Baroque periods: sacred painting, mythology and still life.
In the following section, a large space is dedicated to local art from the Nineteenth century, with the splendid rural landscapes by Eugenio Spreafico, views of old Monza by Emilio Borsa, the enchanting views painted by Pompeo Mariani through to the works of the famous painter, Mosè Bianchi to whom is dedicated an entire section with the display of two graphic pieces connected to the practice of frescoes, and ancient technique used by Bianchi during the prime years of his work.
In section seven, illustrious portraits of Italian and foreign personalities are displayed creating a proper “Portrait Gallery.” In chronological order, starting from the XVI century, are depicted the princes, prelates, high officials, young women, poets, writers and famous industrialists, authors of a fundamental contribution to the economic and social fabric of Monza.
The eighth section is dedicated to the Nineteenth century, with more pieces by Mosè Bianchi, Pompeo Mariani, Eugenio Cecconi, Guido Cinotti and sculptures by Giuseppe Grandi and Ernesto Bazzaro.
Contemporary art is instead displayed from the ninth to the twelfth section through an exhibition of pieces from the early twentieth century to the 1950s, with the winners of the Biennale in the 1920s and work by the illustrious teacher of Isia - Istituto Superiore per le Industrie Artistiche – including Leda col Cigno by Arturo Martini, and the bas-relief, San Giorgio il Drago by Marino Marini.
Also of great interest is the section dedicated to ceramics with work by Sardinian artist, Salvatore Fancello.
Concluding the gallery tour is a section dedicated to the city of Monza, with the intent of presenting, through the work displayed, some of the most important historical moments for the city. One of the best known and loved paintings is the great Veduta della contrada Nuova in Monza by Angelo Inganni.
Giugno - Settembre:
Lunedì e Martedì chiuso
Mercoledì 15:00 - 18:00
Giovedì 15:00 - 18:00 / 20:00 - 23:00
Venerdì, Sabato e Domenica 10:00 - 13:00 / 15:00 - 18:00
Ottobre - Maggio:
Lunedì e Martedì chiuso
Mercoledì 10.00 - 13.00 / 15.00 - 18.00
Giovedì: 15:00 - 18:00
Venerdì, Sabato e Domenica: 10:00 - 13:00 / 15:00 - 18:00