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  • Day14

    Day 14c. Volterra, Museums.

    August 18, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Pinacoteca E Museo Civico.
    I found The Deposition from the Cross by Rosso Fiorentino very interesting. It depicts two different emotive tensions: sorrow (bottom characters, bowed heads expressing the agony of their grief) and concerned urgency (top characters, muscles stiff in the tension of the moment).
    We also visited The Persio Flacco Theatre which is an active opera and theatre stage. In 1816 a group of citizens, including cavaliere Bartolommeo Falchi, cavaliere Mario Maffei, Luigi Ducci, Francesco Cinci, and Luigi Campani, commissioned the architect Luigi Campani (an architect of the Grand Duke Ferdinand III of Tuscany). The theatre was erected on the site of the palazzo belonging to Marchesi Incontri. Work began in 1816 and the theatre was inaugurated in 1820.
    Palazzo Viti, one of the finest private residential buildings in Italy, still inhabited by descendants of the Viti family.
    Ecomuseo Dell’Alabastro.
    The Alabaster Ecomuseum is an environmental museum that tells the story of an ancient craft specific to Volterra from the excavation of the stone to its production and commercialisation.
    The “museum of commercial archaeology”, housed in the Minucci medieval house-tower documents the alabaster craft from the Etruscan era to the present day.
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