Verona - The Giovanni Battista Cavalcaselle Museum of Frescoes at the Juliet's Tomb (EN)

Visit guide

  • Edited by Ettore Napione
  • Size 17 x 24 cm
  • Pages 32
  • Illustrations 40
  • Language English
  • Year 2015
  • ISBN 9788836632572
  • Price € 5,00  € 4,75
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The Giovanni Battista Cavalcaselle Museum of Frescoes, opened in 1973 and expanded in 2015, is located in the premises of the former San Francesco al Corso convent, a traditional destination for visitors, since the so-called Juliet’s Tomb, the heroine of William Shakespeare’s tragedy Romeo and Juliet, is on display here. This museum shows several fresco paintings that used to adorn palaces and churches in Verona between the Middle Ages and the 16th century, which were removed from the walls for which they had been painted between the 19th and the 20th century for conservation purposes.
The itinerary offers visitors the evocative reconstruction of frescoes in the Ss. Nazaro and Celso chapel (whose most ancient decorations date back to 996), the extraordinary array of arches with portraits of Roman emperors, painted by Altichiero for Cansignorio della Scala between 1364 and 1370, and the long and majestic parade of the Ride of Charles V and Clement VII, fresco-painted by the Ligozzis’ atelier for the 16th-century Fumanelli palace.
The Cavalcaselle Museum is an extraordinary journey to learn about the history of Verona, which used to be called urbs picta for the magnificence of depictions and colours on its buildings. In addition to frescoes, visitors will also find a vast lapidarium, the original statues of the Arche Scaligere enclosure, a number of large canvases and a series of objects that formed part of the interior decorations of aristocratic residences in the 16th and early 17th Century (historiated majolica, small family portraits and ornamental bronzes).

Texts: Ketty Bertolaso, Margherita Bolla, Alba Di Lieto, Tiziana Franco, Davide Gasparotto, Ettore Napione, Gianni Peretti, Sara Rodella, Valter Rossetto