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ACCADEMIA CARRARA

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A majestic neoclassical building overlooking a wide cobblestone square has been housing the Accademia Carrara gallery since 1810, which was established in 1794 by the Count Giacomo Carrara.
You will be amazed by the beauty of its masterpieces, painted by many renowned artists such as Moroni ,Pisanello, Lotto, Botticelli, Titian, Palma the Elder, Canaletto, Hayez, Piccio, Baschenis. The original artistic heritage consisted in the huge and precious collection of the Count Carrara, who left his patrimony to the maintenance of the Accademia.

As time passed by, many other works were added, including some amazing masterpieces: for instance, Mantegna’s Madonna and Child, a painting where the artist displays all his ability in recreating the smallest details, such as the golden embroideries of the lapis lazuli blue of the Virgin’s mantle.

Not to mention Pellizza da Volpedo’s Portrait of Santina Negri, where the artist manages to convey all the pain and suffering of this young woman, or even Raphael Sanzio’s marvellous Saint Sebastian surrounded by light, staring at you with his serene and enigmatic look.


When it was established, it hosted both the museum and the art school in the same building: the latter became a legally recognized Academy of Fine Arts in 1988. That’s why the Accademia is not just a place where art is collected, but it also fosters its spreading by training young and promising artists and enhancing research and innovation.

After 7 long years of restoration works, the Accademia finally opened back in 2015 with a spectacular inauguration ceremony attended by more than 5.000 people. The Museum attendance during the first year was really impressive: almost 115.000 people, 79.000 of them only in the first six months, with an incredible record of 2.730 people on February 21st 2016, on the occasion of the exhibit called “Io sono il sarto – I am the tailor” dedicated to the masterpiece by Moroni, from Bergamo, which was temporarily back in Italy from London National Gallery. 

Accademia Carrara is an absolute landmark for the city of Bergamo. Over 5.500 students every year go visit it to admire all its beautiful works of art, thus strengthening the educational spirit and fostering the traditional mission of the Accademia: disseminating art.

Moreover, the picture gallery is also a meeting point opening its doors to the public with almost 50 events per year, including movie screenings, books presentations, theatre performances, collaborations with international festivals and the so-called “Venerdì della Carrara – Carrara’s Fridays”, when the closing time is postponed to Midnight to let people visit the museum at night-time. 

Check out the Museum’s calendar on its website and discover all the upcoming events! 

 

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A majestic neoclassical building overlooking a wide cobblestone square has been housing the Accademia Carrara gallery since 1810, which was established in 1794 by the Count Giacomo Carrara.
You will be amazed by the beauty of its masterpieces, painted by many renowned artists such as Moroni ,Pisanello, Lotto, Botticelli, Titian, Palma the Elder, Canaletto, Hayez, Piccio, Baschenis. The original artistic heritage consisted in the huge and precious collection of the Count Carrara, who left his patrimony to the maintenance of the Accademia.

As time passed by, many other works were added, including some amazing masterpieces: for instance, Mantegna’s Madonna and Child, a painting where the artist displays all his ability in recreating the smallest details, such as the golden embroideries of the lapis lazuli blue of the Virgin’s mantle.

Not to mention Pellizza da Volpedo’s Portrait of Santina Negri, where the artist manages to convey all the pain and suffering of this young woman, or even Raphael Sanzio’s marvellous Saint Sebastian surrounded by light, staring at you with his serene and enigmatic look.


When it was established, it hosted both the museum and the art school in the same building: the latter became a legally recognized Academy of Fine Arts in 1988. That’s why the Accademia is not just a place where art is collected, but it also fosters its spreading by training young and promising artists and enhancing research and innovation.

After 7 long years of restoration works, the Accademia finally opened back in 2015 with a spectacular inauguration ceremony attended by more than 5.000 people. The Museum attendance during the first year was really impressive: almost 115.000 people, 79.000 of them only in the first six months, with an incredible record of 2.730 people on February 21st 2016, on the occasion of the exhibit called “Io sono il sarto – I am the tailor” dedicated to the masterpiece by Moroni, from Bergamo, which was temporarily back in Italy from London National Gallery. 

Accademia Carrara is an absolute landmark for the city of Bergamo. Over 5.500 students every year go visit it to admire all its beautiful works of art, thus strengthening the educational spirit and fostering the traditional mission of the Accademia: disseminating art.

Moreover, the picture gallery is also a meeting point opening its doors to the public with almost 50 events per year, including movie screenings, books presentations, theatre performances, collaborations with international festivals and the so-called “Venerdì della Carrara – Carrara’s Fridays”, when the closing time is postponed to Midnight to let people visit the museum at night-time. 

Check out the Museum’s calendar on its website and discover all the upcoming events!