Palazzo dei Diamanti

Palazzo dei Diamanti, Ferrara: Address, Phone Number, Palazzo dei Diamanti Reviews: 4.5/5

Palazzo dei Diamanti
4.5
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The Palazzo dei Diamanti is a venue belonging to the city of Ferrara where exhibitions of international importance are held, thereby contributing to the city’s reputation as a centre of art and culture. These exhibitions are organized jointly by Fondazione Ferrara Arte, Gallerie d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Ferrara and the Settore Attivita Culturali of the Comune di Ferrara.
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Danna968
Frankfurt, Germany131 contributions
Lovely building
Jul 2020 • Friends
We did a guided round trip through Ferrara and this building was just impressive.
With the sun behind, one can imagine a diamond. Lovely.
Written July 4, 2020
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Jivko V
Sofia, Bulgaria1,543 contributions
Not a diamond
Jan 2020
We saw the so called Palace of Diamonds from outside. It is actually a big house and outside finishing looks like cut diamond.
Written February 29, 2020
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Brun066
Florence, Italy10,130 contributions
In my view, a very appreciable building for at least three - quite different - reasons.
Feb 2020
My appreciation for the "Palazzo dei Diamanti" comes from three main reasons.
Firstly this palace, with its diamond point bosses (hence the name), is to be considered one of the most beautiful of the Italian Renaissance.
Secondly, it can even be considered a symbol of Ferrara, which from this point of view could even overstretch the Estense Castle.
I try to justify my statement; and I will devote most of my review to this goal.
The palace is suitable to symbolize Ferrara not only and not so much for its intrinsic beauty, but because it reveals the way that the architect Biagio Rossetti followed, between 1492 and 1505, to create the so-called "Addizione Erculea" .
This is the name of the operation by which Rossetti (on behalf of Ercole I d'Este, Duke of Ferrara) in fact doubled the size of once medieval Ferrara, creating new city north of the existing one, and organizing it with a gridiron of streets.
The similarity of this gridiron with the orthogonal plan cities created in the Hellenic world on the model of Hippodamus by Miletus, or with the cities founded or re-founded by the Romans, or finally with the "Terre Nuove" (new settlements; cities founded from scratch) spread throughout Europe in the second part of the Middle Ages, must not deceive: according to scholars (and in particular to the historian Bruno Zevi, 1918-2000), it's only in the case of Ferrara that the city sees the orthogonal plan organized regardless of the needs of immediate expansion; so that the inhabitants of sixteenth century Ferrara will call it not "Terra Nuova", but "Aria Nuova" (new air), to indicate that the new city consists precisely of air, and not of buildings. The gridiron exists, the buildings will then come.
To safeguard the cornerstones of its urban creation, however, and to prevent them from being distorted in the future, Rossetti "blocks" some fundamental intersections and squares, immediately edifying a few but strategic buildings. One of these (and the most illustrious) is Palazzo dei Diamanti, which is therefore established as the cornerstone of what Zevi calls "the first operation of modern urban planning in Europe".
The third reason for my appreciation stems from the quality of the artistic exhibitions that have been held in the building since many years.
Right now, the exhibition of the painter Giuseppe De Nittis is in progress (and I have just visited it), an Italian who lived mainly in Paris. In past years, I have been able to admire the exhibitions on Joan Mirò (2008), on Joseph Turner and Italy (2008-2009), on Jean Simeon Chardin (2010-2011), on Francisco de Zurbaràn (2013-2014). They were all excellent exhibitions, which honored the city of Ferrara.
Written February 20, 2020
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john b
Valparaiso, IN772 contributions
Saw from outside only, great neighborhood, read on
Oct 2019
We wee not interested in museums but loved seeing this "house". Can you believe people had houses like this 500 yeas ago?
The entire walk there takes you by some beautiful buildings/houses.
In any case around the corner is a wonderful park...worth a stroll through...great trees , some with steel supports.
Written October 16, 2019
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RMPurton
Towcester, UK91 contributions
Stunning
Oct 2019 • Couples
Situated along a stunning road full of palaces this one is exceptional and well worth a visit to see the external cladding to this sumptuous palace alone. Other treats are inside - if you have time.
Written October 10, 2019
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Bon viveur
London, UK1,440 contributions
Quite extraordinary
Aug 2019 • Friends
I have never seen anything quite like this palace. One cannot help from touching the chiseled diamond stone walls and marvel at the design. It was built in 1495 but looks almost space-age.
Written September 2, 2019
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PipinoNYC
New York28 contributions
Great on the outside
Jun 2019 • Family
Must see in Ferrara. Nice court inside. Museum is great if you have time. Next to the building where the Italian car Bugatti was born.
Written June 20, 2019
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rjosephson
Ashcroft, Canada21 contributions
Brilliant Boldini
Apr 2019
The Boldini exhibition in the city of his birth was entertaining and ind=formative. Besides many of hi marvelous society portraits, there were examples of the fashions of the day. His drawings important to his practice were also presented.
Written May 26, 2019
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divefan
St. Helena, CA561 contributions
Boldini exhibit beautifully done
May 2019 • Couples
Of course, the Boldini special exhibit will likely have come and gone by the time you read this, but it was so nicely presented, that I feel confident that their other special exhibitions will also be worth a trip. This particular exhibit had portraiture of an an artist who specialized in fashionable women of the late 1800s, punctuated by actual dresses and men's clothing from that period. The audioguide was excellent.
Written May 15, 2019
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ForeignObserver2
359 contributions
Great special exhibition but the Pinacoteca Nazzionale is only for lovers of religious art
Apr 2019 • Couples
We visited the special exhibition of Giuseppe de Nittis that deals with fashion around the turn of the 19th/20th Century and beautifully marries his paintings of the upper class of the time with actual physical fashion items from the same time period. We went on a Tuesday morning and had no problem getting in right away but it was already surprisingly busy with individual patrons and two school classes so it is advisable to buy tickets online for weekends or Holidays to avoid the queue. As great as the special exhibition was as much a let down was the Pinacoteca Nazionale. It basically consists entirely of religious paintings and altar pieces. So people who like this kind of thing will delight in the nicely restored specimens on exhibit but anyone else will be bored out of their skulls. No other painting style or time periods but medieval religious ones are being featured. It is the most one sided pinacoteca I have ever seen.
Written May 1, 2019
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