Museo degli Affreschi
Sala delle Muse e Sala Giacomo Galtarossa
Where we are
The Museo Degli Affreschi stands on the area of a monasterial complex the origins of which date back to the 13th century. The primitive church of San Francesco al Corso was in fact erected in 1230, and together with the adjoining monastery it accommodated a community of monastic Franciscans.
In 1973, after the restoration of the church and of the monastery, a museum was inaugurated on the site, named after Giovanni Battista Cavalcaselle in which cycles of frescoes are exhibited coming from Veronese buildings from the Middle Ages to the 16th century and statues dating from the 19th century, whereas the church of San Francesco contains works on canvas of large dimensions dating from the 16th century to the 18th century.
The Guarienti room (only 60 minute Ceremony) contains the reconstruction of an interior of a 16th century Veronese palace, the Guarienti ai Filippini palace, in which the frescoes that decorated the walls have been placed in their original arrangement. The subject of this pictorial cycle has not yet been fully clarified, although it is possible to recognize some mythological or allegorical figures: Mercury with the caduceus, Venus with two cupids, Diana the huntress, the allegory of Fame with a trumpet, portrayals of river divinities and of water nymphs.
The presence on the over-doors of female figures with musical instruments has lead to the assumption that this was a music room. Of great interest is also the decorative partition: Ionic columns coupled and seen in perspective delimit a short porch, beyond which vast landscapes with bright skies appear. The room is conceived as a loggia opening towards the exterior, where there is an alternation of real openings – the doors, the windows – and painted openings with an illusionistic effect, on the model of the Room of Perspectives by Baldassarre Peruzzi in the Farnesina Palace in Rome.
The frescoes that approximately date back to 1560 are a rather early work of Paolo Farinati, who was one of the protagonists of Veronese painting of the 16th century, particularly appreciated for his large fresco decorations. The fireplace is a more ancient construction, probably built at the end of the previous century, and it has been placed here in replacement of the original fireplace which had not been preserved.