Palazzo Mazzetti is the most stately and beautiful XVIII century mansion in Asti, and location of the city-owned art collection. The palace offers two itineraries to choose from: one through the ancient noble rooms, the other through suggestions evoked by the artworks preserved in the palace.
Visitors will be welcomed in the hall, and through the grand-staircase decorated with stucco and sculptures, they will reach the splendid “Hall of Honor” at the main floor, one of the first room built by the architect Benedetto Alfieri. A painting shines in the “Hall of Honors”, “La Femme”, by Giacomo Grosso (1895), artwork which is symbol of the city collection, together with the huge paintings coming from Palazzo Ottolenghi and the pieces of art created by the Genovese Valerio Castello owned by the “Cassa di Risparmio”, Savings Bank of Asti.
Proceeding in the historical rooms of the west wing, the first nucleus of the baroque palace who witnesses the splendors of the noble Mazzetti family, you can admire paintings and furniture from the XVII and XVIII centuries, together with the XVI century polyptych made by the Master of San Martino Alfieri, hosted in one of the most sumptuous room of the palace: the Alcove, the refined Camerino, the princely Gallery and the Hall of Zodiac; the Gallery of Emblems worth stopping: here you can actually enjoy the multi-projection video titled “Un occhio di riguardo” and dedicated to the widw ariety of decoration of the palace. The video will invite you to discover the museum and will take you for a ride through time and space.
Back to the main hall the tour continues in the east wing, where you can admire the magnificent and impressive work of Lorenzo Delleani “Pilgrimage to Oropa” and other important XIX century art collections, from Asian artifacts or antique textile, to the precious micro sculptures of Giuseppe Maria Bonzanigo, furniture maker of the Savoy Family.
On the second floor works from XIX and XX centuries are to be seen: among them portraits of Michelangelo Pittatore and his pupils – the most important mirror of the city society in the XIX century – and sculptures in liberty style of Leonardo Bistolfi and Materno Giribaldi. The last rooms host paintings and sculptures related to the most important city events of the XX century and donations with works from important name of the national art scene such as Guttuso, Afro, Soldati, Spazzapan, Cagli and Soffiantino ( Contemporary Art Exhibition 1949, Premio Alfieri and Donation Franco Muzzi ).
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