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Museo Diocesano di Arte Sacra, Pordenone

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  • The museum is divided into three sections: sculpture, painting and jewelery. Valuable works are exhibited in the building (for example the processional cross of Castello d'Aviano). The current exhibition is often suffocating and difficult to use. Admission is free.
  • Built in 1991 and officially opened to the public in 1995, the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art is located in Pordenone at the Pastoral Activity Center, designed by architect Othmar Barth in 1988. Organized with originality and at the same time with formal rigor, they can be admired the various nuclei concerning frescoes and sinopias, paintings on wood and canvas, glass, wooden and stone sculptures, silverware, drawings and prints, liturgical vestments. The particular nature of the Museum has led to follow a double order; by subject (arranged chronologically) and by destination, making room for the testimonies of sacramental practice and devotion. In the composition of paintings, statuary, furnishings and various furnishings from the seventh century to the contemporary age, the result of artists of various stature (from the sculptors Alvise Casella, Giovanni Martini, Orazio Marinali, to the painters Pomponio Amalteo, Francesco Guardi, Nicola Grassi, Gianfrancesco da Tolmezzo, Michelangelo Grigoletti and others) an attempt was made to privilege certificates of local origin, resorting to neighboring geographical areas in order to fill any gaps of an iconographic nature. The result of ancient deposits, donations or entrustment in custody, the Museum offers its collections set up in a clear and elegant way. The collections The entrance offers a sampling of the materials on display: there is a Madonna and Child in alabaster (early 16th century) which reproduces the simulacrum of the Madonna of Trapani and a Vesperbild by a Friulian-Venetian master of the century. XV-XVI. In the raised room or mezzanine there are sinopias and frescoes from San Pietro di Cordenons (two heads of Romanesque ancestry from around 1260), Maniago, Maniagolibero, Pordenone-San Marco (fragments of the cycle of Santa Dorotea, around 1340), Castello of Aviano (fresco by Gianfrancesco da Tolmezzo, 1507 ca.) attesting the richness of the decorative part of the religious buildings and the statuary represented by more than thirty pieces, the result of Friulian, Venetian, Sicilian, German, French workers. On the lower floor there is the painting on canvas and wood that includes texts from the Veneto and Friuli area edited by masters such as Giovanni Maria Calderari, Palma the Younger, Antonio Carneo, Andrea Celesti, Gaspare Diziani, Pietro Longhi, Francesco Guardi; followed by examples of popular devotion, silverware (in relief the splendid processional cross by Giacomo de Grandis, 1548), fabrics (in relief the sumptuous cope of Bagnarola, mid-19th century) and coins. In the compartment below there are drawings and architectural models as well as some sacred bronzes. The collection of drawings and prints is kept apart, while a room in the Episcopal Seminary has been equipped for the vestments together with a textile restoration workshop. The provenance of much of the material is from the parishes where it lay abandoned; in addition, purchases, donations and some long-term deposits by institutions and individuals. The purpose of the collections is to document the worship practice and devotion of the Christian communities in the territory of the diocese of Concordia-Pordenone. Preserve the documents of art and faith by recovering them, when possible, from dispersion or substituting them with specimens of different origins for the purpose of a more complete picture of the typologies; to make understand the meaning, the liturgical practice and the values ​​of art; accepting the forms of modernity with a view not restricted to the past, but also not uncritically aimed at the new: this is the purpose pursued by the Diocesan Museum. To view the historical-artistic files relating to most of the works exhibited in the Museum, it is possible to consult the diocesan site; those relating to prints and coins are available in the Sirpac catalog of the Regional Center for Cataloging and Restoration of Cultural Heritage of Villa Manin di Passariano (Udine).
  • nice little museum.
  • Nothing special.

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