Galleria Estense, Modena

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The Galleria Estense is an art gallery in the heart of Modena, centred around the collection of the d’Este family: rulers of Modena, Ferrara and Reggio from 1289 to 1796. Located on the top floor of the Palazzo dei Musei, on the St. Augustine square, the museum showcases a vast array of works ranging from fresco and oil painting to marble, polychrome and terracotta sculpture; musical instruments; numismatics; curios and decorative antiques.

It was publicly established in 1854 by the last duke Francesco V of Austria-Este, and was relocated in 1894 to its current situation from the Palazzo Ducale.

Since 2014, the Gallery has formed a part the Gallerie Estensi, an independent complex of museums merging the Estense University library, and the Lapidary Museum in Modena, the Palazzo Ducale in Sassuolo and the Pinacoteca Nazionale in Ferrara. Together, they reflect the progressing tastes of an Italian court of nobility.
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  • The Galleria d’Este is a must see. There is never anyone in there but it has been brilliantly rehung by the current director who has got it all right. The lighting is good, the selection of works is.....  more »
  • Worth going in, the artifacts there are just amazing, including musical instruments. The pictures of the d'Este family are interesting to look at after reading about them.  more »
  • The museum was formed around the collection of paintings owned by the Este family, particularly Italian and local paintings ranginging from the 14th to 18th centuries. We saw some really interesting.....  more »
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  • Quite a nice collection - with the lapidarium, civic museum and estense coupled in one building. Perfect for a hot or rainy afternoon. The Bernini was breathtaking- beautiful works in marble dot this museum.
  • Lovely museum with many interesting pieces. Some interesting musical instruments, paintings and statues.
  • A very important at collection with interesting pieces
  • Nice museum and art galery. The excursion in the map museum is worth the money, very interesting and inspiring!
  • Love this Gallery! I did not expect to see there so many paintings of the first quality! I The entrance fee is 4 Euros. There are no crowds at all, so you can enjoy the paintings so long as you wish.

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