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Italian Museums

Italy’s museum heritage is the largest in the world with something in the region of 1,500 museums; this is due to the fact that Italy itself possesses almost half of the world’s entire artistic heritage. Italy is indeed a unique phenomenon in world terms, not only for its vast munbers of works, but also for a sort of uninterrupted continuity that links those works, as one style era follows on smoothly to the next, from the Stone Age onwards, with no breaks or gaps, as if every artistic invention and art form had been tried out to begin with in Italy. And what’s more, beneath the ground are buried works as yet unrecovered, and endless amounts of riches lie beneath the sea. Italian art has made its way into Italy’s finest and most beautiful museums whose collections include some of the world’s most prestigious artworks e.g. the Pinacoteca of Brera, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence and the Vatican Museums in Rome.

Italy’s museums are important not only for their collections’ fullness, the calibre of the works on show and the high quality of scientific research within the field but also because they are socially and didactically accessible to a non-specialist public. In fact over the past thirty years museums in Italy have become key centres of social and educational service: the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome alone receives an average of 4,000 visitors per month. In Italian museums one can find guided visits, long opening hours, welcome centres and sales points. Visitors in general are highly appreciative of the way works are arranged and also of the lighting. Theme exhibitions relating to collections can often be found inside museums as well as special talks and meetings.

As every museum is a place for cultural exchange in that it houses objects and arranges them specifically to provide the visitor with a key to interpretation, in recent years the Italian museum is actively intervening with a whole range of expedients and initiatives whose purpose is to prepare the public for looking at works of art in a different light and considering art in new ways rather than by traditional standards. This is achieved through initiatives such as theme exhibitions, single artist shows, architectural walks and art appreciation sessions.


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