Galleria Estense

Galleria Estense, Modena: Hours, Address, Galleria Estense Reviews: 4.5/5

Galleria Estense
4.5
8:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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La Galleria Estense espone la straordinaria collezione d’arte dei duchi d’Este, all’interno del settecentesco Palazzo dei Musei di Modena. Venti sale dedicate al vasto patrimonio estense con opere di pittura, scultura, arte applicata e molto altro. Tra tutti spicca il busto marmoreo di Francesco I d’Este del Bernini, oltre al Crocefisso di Guido Reni, la Madonna col Bambino del Correggio, il Ritratto di Francesco I d'Este del Velázquez, il Trittico di El Greco e La Pietà di Cima da Conegliano.
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Olivia Spencer Bower
Rome, Italy61 contributions
Couples
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 of very high quality and it is not so big that it is exhausting, so that you can take your time on each work. Don’t miss the stunning Bernini portrait of Francesco d’Este. And it is well worth going to Sassuolo to see the frescoes in the d’Este palace there, including the wonderful gallery by Boulanger, one of the best unknown masterpieces in Italy.
Written June 28, 2019
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DavidBalfour
Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain16 contributions
Friends
The Picture Gallery of the Estense family was one of the most beautiful in the world. Unfortunately, in 1744 the libertine Duke Francesco III decided to raise some money by selling the 100 most valuable paintings of the gallery. So you have to go to Dresden to see them. But there still are some wonderful paintings by Correggio, Guercino, Guido Reni (and many of his wonderful pupils), Veronese, Tintoretto, El Greco, Velazquez... Check also the wonderful musical instruments! And the Estense Library still possesses the most beautiful book collection in the world, including famous illuminated books like the Bible of Borso d'Este and the mysterious treatis De Sphaera. They are exposed in old cabinets with no explanations but they are still worth a visit. The Galleria and the Biblioteca are not very famous and the city is doing its best to discourage tourists, but do your best to visit them! The Biblioteca exposition usually is open only in the morning and you have to ask to someone to open it for you (I'm not kidding). Check the websites because perhaps they are still closed since the 2011 earthquake... Many paintings are probably still in the Palazzo Ducale in Sassuolo, a town near Modena, which is worth a visit too.
Written September 9, 2014
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Amy G
michigan23 contributions
Couples
What a collection! This museum surpassed my expectations. The museum is on the top floor of a large palazzo in Modena and actually opened in 1884! The family collection includes many paintings from the 14th to 18th C. as well as sculptures, artifacts and decorative treasures. The entire collection will take a couple hours to see, but it is not so large you can't do it on a day trip to Modena.
Written August 10, 2016
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Dohfar
Dover, UK434 contributions
Solo
This gallery has a surprisingly extensive collection of Old Master paintings - including Veronese, El Greco, Tintoretto and Reni. It's laid out chronologically in a series of rooms on the top floor of the museum building. There's plenty of information in English. You need a couple of hours to see everything properly.

The Palazzo dei Musei has other museums to visit, including the Musei Civici (diverse collection of applied and fine art) and Bibiloteca Estense (ancient books and manuscripts). There's a cafe and shop available.
Written February 7, 2016
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SisinaItaly
Italy26 contributions
Couples
I visited it for the first time on the day of the reopening 3 years after the earthquake, and the following days, thanks to the Notti Barocche events. All the collection is very interesting, but the statue by Bernini is absolutely a must, and it is worth the travel to Modena.
Written June 6, 2015
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piriot
Stresa, Italy639 contributions
Friends
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.
Written May 31, 2019
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Thomas Ozbun
Vicenza, Italy983 contributions
Friends
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 and famous pieces and were happy to have had a free guided tour included in the ticket.
Written February 13, 2019
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Max120368
Rome, Italy682 contributions
Couples
Many great names of italic classic art. Exposition is very compact and easy to view. No crowds of visitors.
Written September 16, 2018
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Katrien S
Ghent, Belgium1,982 contributions
Couples
No top works, and very few works of art by the great names; instead mostly local (northern Italian) artists are presented. The works are very well displayed, and it is quiet and small enough that one can have a good look at all of the works one is interested in. Ideal time spend if it rains. Information is only in Italian.
Written April 8, 2018
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Ingo618
Modena, Italy259 contributions
Solo
A very impressive collection of art and paintings! It shows the heritage from the Estense dynasti in Modena!
Written January 3, 2018
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