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Museo Civico e Gipsoteca Bistolfi

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The civic collection of Casale Monferrato is kept in the rooms belonging to the Augustinian convent of Santa Croce, built during the 12th century and subsequently much altered. The facade, which opens up to the large cloister with frescoes from the early 1600s by Moncalvo, dates to 1758 and was designed by Magnocavallo. The civic collection, acquired during the period between the mid-1800s and the early 1900s, centres mainly on works by artists from Piedmont and Lombardy from the 16th to the 19th centuries. There are 24 exhibition rooms holding some 400 works of art divided between the Pinacoteca (Art) e Gipsoteca (Sculpture in plaster) Bistolfi and to which should be added the Archaeological Room with its many exhibits from the Casale area dating back to the Late Bronze Age. The Pinacoteca, on the first floor, starts with the 17th century gallery, a particularly good period for art in the town (of note the paintings of P.F. Guala), whilst the adjacent room holds the most important works in the collection, a Spanish polyptych on a gold base from the early 1400s. The loggia then leads into a chronological display of works from marble and terracotta bas-reliefs from the 16th century going right up to the works of A. Morbelli (1853-1919), also of note is a selection of excellent paintings from the 1600s of which l’Autoritratto by Niccolò Musso stands out. On the ground floor is the Gipsoteca Leonardo Bistolfi (Casale Monferrato 1859 – La Loggia 1933) whose five rooms are home to more than 170 sculptures and works: designs, terracotta, plasticine, models in plaster, marble and bronze which enable visitors to understand the various stages in the creation of a work of art, starting from the scapigliata school (Gli Amanti) and the verista (Il boaro) through to the symbolism (La patria) and later works which defy classification (Monumento a Carducci).

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via Cavour, 5
ex convento di Santa Croce
15033 Casale Monferrato (AL)
Alessandria

Telephone number: +39 (0142) 444.249 +39 (0142) 444.309
fax: +39 (0142) 444.312
email: cultura@comune.casale-monferrato.al.it
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