A beautiful collection of coral works, an important collection of decorative arts, sculptures, including works by Gagini, coral works, silver, nativity sculptures and an art gallery which includes, among others, paintings by Titian (Stimmate di san Francesco) and Giacomo Balla (a portrait of Nunzio Nasi).
“Agostino Pepoli” Regional Interdisciplinary Museum of Trapani, can be reached easily by renting a car. It is located in the premises of the former convent of the Carmelite Fathers, adjacent to the sanctuary of Maria SS. Annunziata, where the famous marble simulacrum of the Madonna of Trapani is venerated, a work of about 1360, attributed to Nino Pisano.
The Museum includes:
- paintings, with a wide representation of the artistic culture in western Sicily between the thirteenth and nineteenth centuries;
- sculptures, including those of the Gagini school, which greatly influenced statuary in Sicily;
- cribs of Trapani craftsmanship, characterized by manufacturing in Wood, Canvas and Glue;
- goldsmith 's art, with jewels belonging to the treasure of the Madonna of Trapani, silver of the Trapani tradition and works in coral, a material that had an important production and processing center in Trapani, so much so that it became a peculiarity of local craftsmanship;
- vestments sacred, acquired with the laws subversive to the patrimony of the State, as well as period clothes that belonged to the Trapani nobility;
- majolica, among which the pavements depicting tuna fishing, a very important productive activity in the area, stand out;
- memorabilia of the Risorgimento, testimony of the participation of the province in the unification of Italy.
In the museum it is possible to admire the marble statue of the Madonna of Trapani from the 14th century, an important collection of decorative arts, sculptures, including works by the Gagini, works in coral, silver, nativity sculptures and a picture gallery which includes, among the others, paintings by Titian (Stigmata of San Francesco ) and Giacomo Balla (a portrait by Nunzio Nasi). There are also archaeological finds found in the province and historical relics of the city of Trapani. In 2008 it hosted the exhibition " Caravaggio: The image of the divine " in which 14 works by the great painter were exhibited.
The original museum layout, based on collection criteria and maximum exposure, was curated by the first director, Antonio Sorrentino. In the 1960s, under the direction of Vincenzo Scuderi and on a project by the architect Francesco Minissi, a global review of the museum itineraries and a more rational arrangement of the materials on display were carried out; the Museum therefore assumed the structure that still today mostly characterizes it, with the subdivision into three main sections : Marble and tombstones; Paintings; Industrial arts.
Recent renovations have introduced the Renaissance Sculpture and Memories of the Risorgimento sections.
- closed on Mondays;
- to Saturday: from 9.00 to 13.30 - from 14.00 to 19.30;
- Sundays and holidays: from 9.00 to 12.30;
The visit is organized for groups of visitors with the following times:
- morning: 9,00 - 10,00 - 11,00 - 12,00;
- afternoon: 14,30 - 15,30 - 16,30 - 17,30 - 18,30.
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