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Museo Schifanoia, Ferrara

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Museo Schifanoia was once the recreational playground for the Dukes of Ferrara. The building is divided into the 14th-century wing to the west, which houses the civic museum, and the two-story 15th-century wing to the east. In the latter's Hall of the Months, you'll encounter some of the most important cycles of frescoes from that era. These impressive frescoes were divided into 12 sections, one for each month of the year (though today only the months of March through September are visible), and depict the world of gods, the cosmic world, and the world of man. Add Museo Schifanoia and other attractions to your Ferrara trip itinerary using our Ferrara itinerary planner.
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  • Enchanting spectacle in the courtyard, cherry trees and peach trees in bloom you can make a light drink and listen to good music
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  • Already in the distance you can see this low and long building: up close is appreciated the elegant marble portal designed by Francesco del Cossa and upon entering, the monumental staircase of access on the first floor. Unfortunately, the West Wing, one that includes the Civic Museum of ancient art, and which brings together masterpieces of 1300, is not accessible. You can only visit the salon, terracotta floor and wooden ceiling, with its lavish decorations, the cycle of the months, took refuge from Borso d'Este to get away from the boring everyday life. The Salon is divided into 12 partitions in turn divided into three bands. Each month and zodiac sign is a Greek God surrounded by a series of symbols; of 12 compartments there are only 7 (the months of March and April have best preserved scenes), others are "disappeared". The frescoes represent a testimony of sublime artistic value of Renaissance Ferrara: Cosme Tura, Francesco del Cossa and Ercole de Roberti burst with these frescoes on the scene of Italian painting of the 15th century bringing a breath of bizarre (referring to imaginary animals, sense of humour) and genial expressionism. It's a narrative cycle, a journey through time, which can represent very effectively the complex combination of mythological scenes (the triumphs of pagan gods, above all that of Venus), astrological references and facts of contemporary life of the Duke (purely celebratory car), Labour Court, city and country scenes. Not to be missed. Linda l Council inputs three day card € 14, will get everywhere.
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  • Jewel a little outside the first Centre, was spared by the earthquake and you can't see everything, but what there is more than enough. The sala dei Mesi is spectacular and largely intact. Beautiful
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  • Beautiful place for a quick visit. Not a lot to see inside, but what is there is interesting, especially if you have any interest in art history. Outside back area is lovely, and there is a cafe that is a great destination on nice days. Good wine selection and quite charming.
  • The most interesting ancient palace in town. Worth seeing more than other places. Lot of mystique. Good cafe attached
  • Almost insignificant architecturally, palazzo Schifanoia contains in the so called "sala dei mesi" an important Renaissance frescoes cycle by astrological character, notable for historical and political significance to them referred and whose reading is the interpretative work of the critic and art historian Aby Warburg.
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  • Not a bad Museum, but if the input that day hadn't been free I wouldn't be satisfied. Only for fans of museums, they don't want a vacant space.
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  • Beautiful Renaissance building. To visit with a guide! Too bad that when we went several halls were closed.
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