Miniscalchi-Erizzo museum belongs to the homonymous
Foundation. The Institute is in a whole of adjoining
buildings in the heart of the ancient town, between
piazza Erbe and the Cathedral.
The main part of the building from which you enter the
Museum (via S. Mammaso n.2/a) is a jewel of late-gothic
architecture, unique in the urban Veronese context.
The facade, built on three registers, is marked, in
particular, by a precious ogival portal splayed in marble
trichromatism and by two big mullioned windows which
open at the centre of the piano nobile. The building
construction dates back to the last quarter of the XVc.
and it is ascribed to Angelo di Giovanni, a stone artist
of Lombard origin active in Verona.
Painted facade of the Miniscalchi
1880, close to the fifteenth -century building, the
solemn, classic-style palace was built with its façade
looking out on to via Giuseppe Garibaldi, based on the
plan by the architect Gustaveus Strauss; the building
faces a wide unclosed courtyard. The tympanum is noteworthy,
entirely decorated with a big relief represented the
Miniscalchi-Erizzo coat-of-arms, surrounded by the earl's
coronate, hand circle by ornamental greenery patterns
and by a ribbon where the following words are engraved:
"ex concordia fratrum".
Facade of the nineteenth-century
palace through the gate.
1950 the facade was painted in fresco, according to
a taste very widespread in the Verona of the XVIc.
The pictorial composition respects the architectural
articulation: between the two mullioned windows you
can still read "The banquet of Damocles";
on the second floor "The judgement of Solomon";
at the sides an allegorical figure of "Minerva"
and one of "Mars". The whole divided by false
niches, plaster strips, festoons of fruit and flowers
with masks. Michelangelo Aliprandi (1527-1595), an imitator
of Paolo Veronese, was the artist of these paintings.
The lower register of the facade is decorated with a
continuous frieze with polychrome shoots animated by
putti riding panthers, the artist Tullio India the Old
Detail of the facade.
a wide atrium, rich in remains of the original structure
of the fifteenth-century building, you enter the neoclassical
great staircase which leads to the first floor, where,
through fifteen rooms, the Museum is prepared. On the
ground floor an equipped space also opens, obtained
from the former stables, destined to the temporary exhibitions
which the Museum prepares or houses.
Each expositive room of the Museum is characterised
by the presence of specific collections: small Renaissance
bronzes, drawings of the sixteenth-century masters,
archaeological collections, Renaissance weapons and
armours, sacred art, furniture of the Venetian eighteenth
century, ivories, majolica objects, china. The whole
arranged according to current museum criteria, but placed,
thanks to paintings and old furniture, in the residence
where the Miniscalchi family lived for five centuries.
The reconstituted "Wunderkammer" of Ludovico
Moscardo - great collector and learned man of the seventeenth
century -, the ancient library and the home chapel complete
and enrich the museum course.