Galleria Regionale di Sicilia : Michelin's recommendations
The Abatellis palace, which houses the museum, was built during the late 15C by Mateo Carnelivari. The Gothico-Catalan architecture of the entire work is summarised in the vast, square door with radiating decorations, and in the trefoiled gemelled windows. The palace is built around a beautiful square courtyard. Note the gallery built in the 1950s by Carlo Scarpa. This great architect managed to use the supports, materials and colours and make them work with the natural light. This palace provides a perfect backdrop for the fine collections of Mediaeval sculptures and paintings, the jewel of which is the superb fresco of the Triumph over Death which came from the Sclafani palace. It is the work of an unknown 15C artist. It represents Death armed with a bow and arrows, sitting astride a skeletal mount, striking men and women in the prime of their youth with its shots. The realism and cruelty of the fresco are guaranteed to make you shiver. If you look carefully, you will also see, on the left, in the group of beggars and sick people spared by Death, the artist's self-portrait. Clues: he is carrying a paintbrush and is looking at the spectator. In the other rooms, you will see the bust of Eleanor of Aragon, and with great gentleness, the very beautiful Annunciation by Antonello da Messina, and even the famous triptych of the Malvagna by Mabuse.
- Address : Via Alloro 4 I - 90133 Palermo90133Palermo
- Phone : 091 623 0011
- Prices : 8 €
Opening hours :
- daily except Mon 9am-6pm, weekends and Bank Hols 9am-1pm (last admission 30min before closing)
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