Regional Museum, Messina Museo Regionale
In the Museo Regionale in Messina, founded in 1914, objects from the earlier Municipal Museum are on display, as well as everything which survived the catastrophe of 1908.
Regional Museum Map
Address: Viale della Libertà 465, I-98100 Messina, Italy
Opening hours: 9am-1:30pm; Sun: 9am-12:30pm; Tue: 9am-6:30pm; Thu: 9am-6:30pm; Sat: 9am-6:30pm
Entrance fee: FREE
Regional Museum Highlights
Rooms I-VI house the pinacoteca (picture gallery).Mention should be made of a major work of Antonello da Messina in Room II; it is the double-sectioned "Polyptychon of Saint Gregory", painted in 1473 but damaged in the earthquake of 1908: in the lower section the Madonna is shown between the Saints Gregory and Benedict, in the upper section are the "Annunciation" and other works from his school.In Room V we find "The Worship of the Shepherds" and "The Raising of Lazarus from the Dead" by Caravaggio (1608/1609; Michelangelo Caravaggio, 1573-1610, had fled to southern Italy in 1606, after he had killed an adversary in a quarrel; he remained in Sicily).
The collection of sculptures (Rooms X-XII) contains works by Antonello Gagini (St Antonius), Francesco Laurana (Madonna with child) and Goro di Gregorio ("Madonna of the cripples"), as well as the originals of the Fountain of Neptune. Small pieces of art and craft work (items of jewelry, materials, prints) occupy Rooms XIII-XVI.
The Archeological Section (Rooms VII-IX) shows finds from the ancient Zancle, including portraits, sarcophagi, terracotta, statues, inscriptions and vessels.
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