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Museum Agostino Pepoli: photos, description (Museo regionale Agostino Pepoli)

Museum Agostino Pepoli in Trapani is located in the former Carmelite monastery of the 14th century, just a few steps from the famous Basilica-sanctuary of Maria Santissima Annunziata, which houses a marble statue of Madonna di Trapani. Today the monastery, which was substantially rebuilt in the 16th and 18th centuries, the extensive collection of works of art, paintings and sculptures that demonstrate the evolution of fine art in Trapani and its surroundings. Special attention is paid to applied art, for the creation of which was widely used coral, majolica, gold and silver.

The first exhibits were donated to the Museum in the early 20th century by its founder and curator, count Agostino Pepoli. Later their collections to the Museum handed over secularized monasteries Trapani and Art gallery Fardelliana. A priceless collection of works of art of the Neapolitan school gave General Fardella, a native of Trapani. Over time the storage of the Museum was enlarged with inherited items, favors made and donated things. Among those who contributed to this noble cause, - Earl Hernandez give the rice a nursing Home, Sieri Pepoli.

Special interest tourists are collections of corals collected in the Museum. The fact that in the history of Trapani, the creation of various items of coral has always played an important role. Sometimes collectors corals in search of valuable material went even to the shores of the African continent. Since the 15th century and until the present day craftsmen from Trapani are famous throughout Europe for its skills in processing of corals and the creation of them as cult objects and everyday objects, from crucifixes, tombs and Christmas Nativity scenes to goblets, lamps, picture frames and jewelry. Your creations they are often decorated with gold, silver, copper, enamel, mother of pearl and lapis lazuli. The majority of the authors unique products remain unknown, with the exception that the Andrea Type, who lived in the early 18th century.

Today, in addition to jewelry made of corals in the Museum Agostino Pepoli you can see a huge number of real masterpieces of religious art, like the crucifixion, Matteo Bavera carved from a single coral, or huge lamps, made in unique technique "restraintist", abandoned in 17th century due to its expensiveness and inordinate waste of time. And in the Pinacoteca of the Museum you can see paintings by Titian and Giacomo Balla.