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This little museum is great, I didn't click 5 stars only because I wish it was just a little bigger and the price is as high as it should go. Many of the paintings were emotionally moving, some from as early as the 15th century....More
Perhaps not for everyone, but I spent several hours here and found this strange museum a thorough delight. It is not the kind of place you expect to see famous paintings- it has only one, the (for me) sexy Messina, and much of the rest...More
As others have said there is one masterpiece in this museum by Antonello da Messina. This was our only reason for visiting. The rest is a strange mix- ancient artefacts, third rate art, seashells and stuffed birds. Not worth 6 euros.
The museum is based on a personal collection and so has some oddities (a room full of shells) plus a packed room of ancient pottery. This being Sicily, that crosses a lot of cultures and there are some stand-out Greek vases.
The library looks wonderful,...More
This museum, unlike many, is a personal collection, thus contains a divers variety of objects & paintings. Its main treasure was said to be a medieval painting of a smiling man, "comparable to the Mona Lisa". Men didn't like to be seen smiling in the...More
And that was really worthwhile. I'd tried to go to see it in Palermo, but found it was on loan to Cefalu.
There was another painting there by the same painter, Antonello da Messina. Apart from these then the museum whilst enjoyable wasn't my style...More
Hi Amy R,
As I recall from last September, this museum/art gallery is one man's personal collection, as gentlemen in the C19 used to do. The objects displayed are not, as in a modern museum, well described with details of... More
Hi Amy R,
As I recall from last September, this museum/art gallery is one man's personal collection, as gentlemen in the C19 used to do. The objects displayed are not, as in a modern museum, well described with details of their history and place of origin, rather they are a collection of objects the collector came into possession of.
This is a Sicilian collection, thus most of the paintings are Sicilian. There is a small dark room upstairs where the three most valuable paintings are displayed behind glass, including the smiling man from C15. Rgds Peter B