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Museo Civico d’Arte Industriale

And the Galleria Davia Bargellini

The Dice Players, by Crespi

Housed in the Palazzo Davia-Bargellini (better known as the Palazzo dei Giganti) the Museo Civico d’Arte Industriale was arranged in 1924 to evoke the residence of a wealthy 18th-century Bolognese family. Among the highlights, amid the furniture and applied arts, are the 'curiosities from old Bologna' (going back to the 1400s) including a gilt carriage, a marionette theatre and doll house, works in wrought iron and terracotta.

The Galleria Davia-Bargellini has a small but excellent array of early Bolognese painting, mostly from the Bargellini family collection, including a Pietà by Simone de’Crocefissi as well as Vitale da Bologna’s famous smiling Madonna dei Denti (the ‘Madonna of the Teeth’), perhaps the most characteristic work of the 14th-century Bolognese school.

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Bologna Museums and Galleries

Text © Dana Facaros & Michael Pauls

Image by PD Art