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Museum of the Foundation Miniscalchi-Erizzo – Verona

Via San Mammaso 2/a – 37100 Verona (VR)
– Fax 045 8032484
Summary


The Foundation Miniscalchi-Erizzo, which opened in the 50’s of the last century thanks to the last descendent of the lineage, is located in the heart of Verona in the aristocratic house of the family. The museum is made up of different rooms distributed over two floors containing items collected over more than three centuries by the different members of the family.

Collection history

The eclectic collections contained inside the palace are the result of a long collection work and are not specifically related to the personality of a single collector. It is important, however, to highlight that the most important and ancient core is the domestic museum of Ludovico Moscardo (Verona 1611-1681) whose objects passed on to the Miniscalchi family as a consequence of the marriage of the count Marcantonio (1785) to Teresa Moscardo.

Description

Inside a room provided with eighteenth-century pieces of furniture, there are nine display cases containing archaeological finds coming both from the excavations carried out in the region of Verona and from antique markets, collected over the centuries, by the Miniscalchi family.
The first display case collects a series of small bronzes depicting Hercules and attacking warriors, a typical expression of the Venetian artistic culture between the 5th and 4th century B.C. In addition to them, there are also a war iron mesh from the 5th century B.C., some iron domestic tools from the 2nd-1st century and a pair of fist rings with bronze points from the 1st-2nd century A.D.
The following display case contains a second type of small bronzes mostly related to cultural aspects depicting gods and pious offerers. Next to these statuettes, there is a ritual bronze pin coming from Cà dei Cauri with an engraved inscription of the Eastern Rhaetian group (5th century B.C.). The last two shelves of the display case contain a truncated conical situla in bronze foil (4th-3rd century B.C.), three flanged axes (6th-5th century B.C.), a pod-shaped bronze cup, an embossed bronze sacrificial knife of Ancient Venetian manufacture (7th-6th century B.C.) and ritual simpulas (ladles) of the 6th-3rd century B.C.
The museum goes on with the exhibition of other small bronzes which reflect the artistic Etruscan production of the 6th and 5th century B.C. (two offering bearers) and Roman (deities) notably from the 1st-2nd century A.D. Next to these statuettes, there is also a small bronze Kouros of extraordinary Peloponnesian manufacture of the second half of the 6th century B.C.
The following case contains several painted pots (oinochoi, lekythoi and a kylix) of different origin (Apulian, Attic) and domestic pottery (oil jars and amphorae) of the 1st-2nd century A.D. found mainly in northern Italy.
The sixth and seventh cases collect bronze ornamental items of Venetian manufacture (4th-3rd century B.C.), Roman keys of different shapes and sizes (1st-2nd century A.D.), several votive offerings made with the lost-wax casting technique (1st -2nd century A.D.), two bronze steelyards coming from Rome (1st-2nd century A.D.) and several examples of utilitarian pottery (oil jars, lamps and small cups). The last two display cases contain the interesting collection of ancient “free-blown” glasses which includes cubic-body hydriai, different shapes of unguentaria (jar-shaped, bell-shaped, and onion-shaped) of the 1st-2nd century A.D., a lagoena with a disc body (first half of the 1st century A.D.) a cylindrical-shaped skyphos, a cubic-shaped mercurial bottle with an inscription, a large ovoid oil jar (1st-2nd century A.D.) and numerous cups with cylindrical or truncated conical bodies (1st-2nd century A.D.).


Visiting

Admission: Negli orari di apertura

Ticket: Si

Price: Full fare: 5 €

School access

Disabled access

Opening Times

Opening Days
Tipology When Specs
Summer Monday 11.00 – 13.00
Summer Tuesday 11.00 – 13.00
Summer Wednesday 11.00 – 13.00
Summer Thursday 11.00 – 13.00
Summer Friday 11.00 – 13.00
Winter Monday 11.00 -13,00 e 16.00 – 19.00
Winter Tuesday 11.00 -13,00 e 16.00 – 19.00
Winter Wednesday 11.00 -13,00 e 16.00 – 19.00
Winter Thursday 11.00 -13,00 e 16.00 – 19.00
Winter Friday 11.00 -13,00 e 16.00 – 19.00

Recommended tour time (minutes): 20

Services for visitors

Toilet

Bookshop

Rest points

Educational Services

Guide a stampa
Brochure
Italian

Captions under exhibits
Italian

Multilingual ads: Inglese
Francese
Tedesco
Only for the communications to the visitors at the entrance of the palace

Guided Tours

Other activities
A room is used for temporary exhibitions


Bibliography

Marchini G.P. 1990, Il museo Miniscalchi-Erizzo, Verona .
Marchini G.P. 1995, La fondazione museo Miniscalchi Erizzo di Verona, Verona .
Musei e raccolte archeologiche del Veneto 2004, a cura di Di Mauro A., Dosson di Casier, pp. 117-118.
Bonetto J. 2009, Veneto (Archeologia delle Regioni d’Italia), Roma, pp. 357-358.


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