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Museum of archeology and art of Maremma: photos, description (Museo archeologico e d'arte della Maremma)

Museum of archeology and art of Maremma in Grosseto was founded through the efforts of the priest Giovanni Kelly, a man of broad views and varied interests. The first collection of the Museum was the collection of ancient things which Giovanni was exhibited in the library, open them to the public in March 1860, the year. At the same time he began collecting archaeological artifacts. In 1923, the year library Director Kelly, in which by that time had already opened the city Museum and art gallery, was appointed priest Antonio Cappelli. He moved the library in the building in which it is today, but in 1955, it housed a Museum. Archaeology was one of the many interests Cappelli. Driving by the library, Museum and art gallery, he at the same time became very interested in religious art, and in 1933, the year established themed Museum. Only in 1975 year, both of the Museum of religious art and archaeological - have been combined in one building - the structure of the end of the 19th century in Piazza Baccarini, which formerly housed the Tribunal. United Museum of Archeology and Art of Maremma opened in the same year during the national conference of the Institute for Etruscan and italic heritage. From 1992 to 1999, the Museum was closed for restoration, after which, enriched with new collections, reopened its doors to the public.

In the first section of the Museum contains all the artifacts that made up the core of the original collection Giovanni Kelly. Most of them were bought in Tuscany and Rome, but here you can also see the Etruscan urns from Volterra and Chiusi, pottery, etc. One of the most interesting exhibits is a clay bowl from the Etruscan alphabet of the 6th century BC.

The most important part of the Museum is the collection dedicated to Roselle, the ancient Etruscan city. The exposition begins with a relief map of the city, where you can see the now existing lake Lago, the.. Further displays various objects found during archaeological excavations, hand-made things, artifacts of the places of worship, ceramic decorations, amphorae for wine with Latin inscriptions, gravestones with the image of soldiers, Roman statues, sculptures, plaster models, etc. a Small room is devoted to the reconstruction of the baths of Hadrian.

Special attention deserves the section dedicated to archaeology Grosseto: here you can see a variety of artifacts from the Paleolithic to the iron age, Etruscan, Greek and Carthaginian amphorae, tools of agricultural work, reconstruction of roads, ports and settlements, and even the skeleton of an African ship, stranded off the island of Giglio.

Religious art of the Maremma presents works of art purchased Cappelli in Siena and other cities. There are works by masters of the Sienese school - Guido da Siena, Pietro di Domenico, Girolamo di Benvenuto, Agostino di Giovanni, etc. All they had decorated churches and cathedrals and dated 13-19-th centuries. In addition, the exhibited collection of liturgical objects, vestments of the clergy, manuscripts, etc.

Finally, the last exhibition of the Museum dedicated to the history of the city of Grosseto. Most of the exhibits dates from the Middle ages and the New era was found during excavations in the Wall of the Medici. In the collection you can see a Renaissance dish decorated with scenes from the life of Alexander the Great, pharmaceutical bowl 18-th century, and five sketches of the 17th century allegorical depictions of classical deities.