‘tre angeli musicanti’ (three angel musicians ), painting by Bartolomeo Montagna (c 1450-1523) in the Museo di Castelvecchio in Verona

This is the main museum in Verona. The building, Castelvecchio – so called to distinguish it from a newer castle – originates from the 14th Century, but has been heavily restored in the 1960s. It now houses a museum, with 12th C sculptures as well as several 14th C frescoes from the Veronese school, taken from ancient homes, no doubt. But the foremost reason to visit is the 14th-18th C painting collection of Italianate Renaissance paintings, from Jacopo Bellini to Tintoretto and Tiepolo. To be honest, something we initially weren’t very interested in, but gradually learnt to appreciate during this trip, from the sublime art works in churches and the incomparable museum collections.

‘annunciation’, I don’t know who painted it

A nice touch is that the court yard of the museum also contains modern art, something you’d almost overlook.

Below are just a few examples of our favourites.

14th C fresco in the museum, “Battaglia di Cavalieri”

Saint Anastasia’s crucifixion from early 14th C, one of the sculptures for which the museum is famous

fresco of a nursing Madonna, by an unknown Veronese painter, end 13th C

wooden panel with thirty bible stories, from another unknown Veronese painter, end 14th C

15/16th C painting by Girolamo Mocetto, named “The torture of Attilius Regulus”

‘the triumph of Pompey’, by Nicola Giolfino (1476-1555)

a detail of ‘the triumph of Pompey’

another detail, same painting

another detail 

a young benedictine monk, by Giovan Francesco Caroto (c 1480-1555)

another painting by Giovan Francesco Caroto (c 1480-1555), called ‘Portrait of a young man with a child’s drawing’

‘Quattro Santi Camaldolesi (four camaldolese saints), by Giandomenico Tiepolo (1727-1804)

and the modern art, a collection of glass structures outside

another modern work, two rings half-filled

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