Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna

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Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna

Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna
4.5
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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La Pinacoteca di Bologna è una delle più complete raccolte utili a comprendere lo svolgimento di una delle più importanti scuole artistiche italiane, quella bolognese ed emiliana appunto, dal Trecento fino al Settecento, e ospita alcuni dei capolavori dei più importanti artisti italiani, da Giotto a Raffaello per arrivare ai grandi esponenti del Seicento che hanno influenzato tutto lo sviluppo dell’arte italiana e successiva: i Carracci, Guercino e Guido Reni.
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Brun066
Florence, Italy11,056 contributions
I had visited the Pinacoteca di Bologna years ago, and had therefore been able to appreciate the richness and beauty of its collections.
This time I focused on the temporary exhibition "Antonio Canova e Bologna. Alle origini della Pinacoteca” (Antonio Canova and Bologna. At the origins of the Pinacoteca). As the title also suggests, this isn't just any exhibition: it explains how the Pinacoteca di Bologna came to be formed.
In fact, it isn't ancient. It was born in 1808; and it manifests its current wealth thanks to the work of recovering masterpieces, which the famous sculptor Antonio Canova, after the fall of Napoleon, carried out in France among those plundered in Bologna, on behalf of the Papal State.
These works were mostly present in the churches and convents of Bologna and other nearby cities; but after the recovery by Canova they didn't return to their original locations: they merged into the Pinacoteca, which therefore, above all as a consequence of this operation, has reached its current appearance.
The exhibition appeared to me to be very well organized and very evocative. Just as attractive is the setting up of the permanent exhibitions, which make the Pinacoteca di Bologna a place not to be missed in the city.
Written July 20, 2022
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jjp333
Westminster, CO372 contributions
Couples
This was a really interesting and informative art museum. We really enjoyed how for the most part the artwork was displayed chronologically and it is very interesting to see how the art evolves over the decades/centuries. The fact that you can stand so close to some master paintings without crowds was also a wonderful treat.
Written April 16, 2022
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JurreSilbi
Krakow, Poland74 contributions
Great place! Collection from XIIIc. till XVII c. including most prominent artists of the époque. Absolutely a must, not only for art lovers but as a part of general education. Besides male artists, there is one of the exceptional female painter Lavinia Fontana.
Written May 10, 2022
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Tiggy20
London, UK101 contributions
This wonderful gallery of 13-18th century Italian art was one of the absolute highlights of our visit to Bologna. A whole room is dedicated to Giotto, which we enjoyed mostly by ourselves, as was the case with the Raphael paintings. There is also a stunning room dedicated to the paintings of Leonardo da Vinci's contemporary Guido Reni, where one can see paintings spanning his career, the only painting not by Reni being a portrait of him.
Closed on Mondays, for most of the year this Pinacoteca, in the university district, is open throughout the day, unlike most of the city's churches. There is no café, so if - as we did - you want to stay several hours it is best to visit a nearby café beforehand.
Well worth the entry charge, credit cards are not accepted, so be prepared for that. There are lockers in the basement (1 euro returnable). In writing this review I am already wishing I could return in the next few months to this haven of wonderful paintings, well captioned in Italian and English (for some exhibits) with virtually no other tourists.
Written February 22, 2020
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Whitefish8
London104 contributions
Due to Covid 19 the Pinacoteca N di Bologna was only partially open. We support the arts so had a little wander and we enjoyed it so next time we will definitely have a good look around. The good news: hardly anyone in the galleries. The collection is definitely worth viewing - lots of excellent early paintings.
Written August 5, 2020
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Wesley S
Taipei, Taiwan252 contributions
This is Bologna's most important museum. It houses paintings by major painters in Bologna area including Reni, Albani, Caracci and so on. To visit this museum is to open the door to understanding the painting style in Bologna.

This museum is also one of the few which allow visitors to take pictures.
Written October 2, 2009
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Joseph M
Flemington, NJ47 contributions
Couples
A brilliantly executed exhibition of the history of bolognese painters and the evolution of their styles. If you are interested in art, it is well worth a trip. The admission fee is also quite reasonable. We truly enjoyed our visit.
Written October 21, 2014
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Evan K
Washington DC, DC36 contributions
Solo
After visiting the Prado in March and making a return visit after several years to the National Gallery in Washington, DC, I have been especially enjoying seeing paintings this year. The National Picture Gallery is certainly world-class. The focus is more on artists active in Bologna; its not a comprehensive collection like the two museums mentioned above, but it contains superb items, including outstanding works by non-Bolognese artists such as Giotto (a magnificent Triptych), Rafael, Titian and Tintoretto. Very worthwhile!
Written June 24, 2014
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rrumakanthan
Chennai130 contributions
Couples
- There are many many paintings in the Gallery, I liked a lot. - --- This is not a very large gallery / collection like the big ones but those kept are very good.
- If you love paintings particularly the older ones -till impressionists (not modern ) and if you are in Bologna this is a gallery you should never miss. I enjoyed without any crowd at all -mostly alone !!

-- The Gallery starts with paintings from 14th century 'Bolognese Style' ; The masterpiece is the alterpiece by 'GIOTTO'
- There is a good collection of Renaissance Paintings by Ferrara, Francesso Francia , Parmigianino, Francesco del Cossa and many more Masters.
- There is a good Mannerist collection (Fontana, Passerotti and the Carracci Brothers (Agostino, Annibale and Ludovico)
-Paintings by 17th century painters (particularly Guido Reni, Francessco Albani, Guercino, Domenichino and other great painters) is a treat to see, admire and enjoy.

In many Italian Cities /Towns ( not Rome and Florance as example) there will be large crowds in front of paintings. In Galleries located in Bologna (and in Lucca, Pisa and Siena you will mostly be alone)
If I an able to go to Bologna again, I will certainly go to this Gallery again.
Disliked:
Some treasures cannot be seen as they are closed due to staff unavailability. This is really sad.
Written May 17, 2015
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jmaxwellb
Atlanta, GA86 contributions
Friends
Unless you're into no-name religious works, you risk disappointment if the big-name works have been sent out to exhibitions. It would be nice to be warned before handing over the admission fee!
Written February 28, 2015
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