The Antonio Giacomelli Museum at Montagnana, devoted to the memory of the local researcher Antonio Giacomelli, is located in San Zeno Castle, which also hosts the city library, the town historical archive, the congress and exhibition centre (with the Venetian and the Austrian rooms) and the centre for castles studies. The museum guided tour starts from the Archaeological section, on the ground floor, which shows objects belonging to the prehistoric and proto-historic age. The Roman Age is documented by findings dated to Augustan and Late Empire age from country houses and necropoles. The Medieval and Modern section, on the first floor, hosts three groups of objects concerning history and buildings of the ‘walled city’: paintings, ceramics and musical documents. The collection also includes some paintings of the Veneto School dating to the 17th and 18th centuries. Among them stands out the big portrait of Moses receiving the Tables of the Law, made in 1711 by Antonio Zanchi from Este. The ceramics collection offers an overview of the local production and of Montagnana relationships with the nearby ancient art centres – Legnago, Este and Padua. It also counts a certain number of items likely to have been imported. The Music Hall (second floor) includes objects donated to the city of Montagnana by the heirs of the famous tenors Giovanni Martinelli (1885-1969) and Aureliano Pertile (1885-1952), both from Montagnana, and by some researchers. The collections mainly consists of original pictures, posters and other objects witnessing the activity of the two great artists. An interesting section includes a collection of costumes used by Martinelli while performing at Metropolitan Opera between 1914 and 1925. The tour will be accompanied by the stunning voices of the tenors executing a selection of famous arias and opera pieces.
Piazza Trieste 15, Montagnana (PD)
Tel +39 0429 81320
Fax +39 0429 81247