The palace itself is extremely impressive, but that is to be expected in Vicenza. What you do not expect, is an ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC private collection of Russian icons, property of the San Paolo bank. Both by size and coverage, and by the artistic quality it is one of the best collections of Russian art worldwide, and may well be the best one outside of Russia.
As far as XIV-XVI centuries, you cannot beat the collections of the major Russian museums, the Tretiakov art gallery in Moscow, or the Russian museum in Saint Petersurg. But the XVII and XVIII century collections might well be even superior to those, by quality, if not by size. I have never seen late icons of comparable craftsmanship.
I don't know, who was in charge, but he certainly known his job. The collection as a whole shows infallible instinct and perfect taste,
Another highlight of our visit was a temporary exhibition ``Italy and Italians'', which started with a proud declaration ``It is a privilege to live in Italy, it is a privilege to be an Italian', of which this palace is a living proof.
Alongside with 8-10 other museums, it is included into the city pass.
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