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Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna

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Address: Via delle Belle Arti 56, 40126 Bologna, Italy
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+39 051 420 9411
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Tue - Wed 14:00 - 19:00
Thu - Sun 09:00 - 13:30

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A Treasure Trove of Wonderful Paintings

I learned of this place from Andrew Graham Dixon's "Italy Unpacked" (TV prog) and came especially to see Guido Reni's "The Massacre of the Innocents". The gallery contains works... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Fiona M
Scotland, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth the visit for one room which houses the fresci from a church. The museum has replicated the church itself. The paintings are wonderfully alive.

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Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I learned of this place from Andrew Graham Dixon's "Italy Unpacked" (TV prog) and came especially to see Guido Reni's "The Massacre of the Innocents". The gallery contains works from the 14Century onwards and mostly by local artists but also including very important works from all over Italy. (It was originally founded alongside the original Art School in 1712) I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

The way the world is heading, it won't be long before every art gallery in the world has ultra-sensitive proximity alarms, jobsworth staff and a whole plethora of sensitive security measures - in order to “protect the art”. This draconian, (but understandable), attitude could be the death of galleries. I’ve had my share of wailing alarms and barked-out orders, when... More 

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Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

If you are in Bologna, and if you have even the very minimum interest in Renaissance paintings, do not miss with very rich and well-organised collection of paintings from the 14th to 19th Century - the Renaissance section is the best represented, I think. You'll find works by very famous artists (Titian, Rafael), also Velasquez (this one might be temporary-... More 

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Lamia, Greece
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

must see gallery , masterpieces inside , renaissance and not only...10-15 minutes away from the train station by foot...

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Caernarfon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

We visited as the Festival Internationale Di Fumetto was in town. A great space to exhibit the comic artwork plus all the usual religious works. Good value for 6Euro.

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Springfield, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

Begins with the 11 or 12 Century and gets to 17th Century. Much religious art by masters - Caracci, Vasari, Reni, etc. Stunning canvases in a modern setting, not always lit to best advantage. A very fulfilling experience and would have been a loss to have missed.

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

A fine collection of religious art - but not much else. We had hoped to see more secular art by local artists - some but not much. Many of the pieces were not well illuminated and they need it.

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Bromsgrove, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

The gallery is in a newish building and part of the University. It has a good number of rather old religious paintings, many on wood panels. I feel the woodworm killer company must have had a good contract when they were appointed! As previous reviewers have pointed out, the artists were/are probably well known to Bolognese scholars, but their fame... More 

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Farnham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Focuses mainly on late mediaeval and early Renaissance artists mainly from the local region, most of whom are little known outside of Italy. But the works are stunning. Frustrating that there was no accompanying book - in English or even Italian.

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