Museo Diocesano

Museo Diocesano information

Location
Palermo , Italy
Address
Via Matteo Bonello 2
Telephone
+390 91 60 77 215
More information
www.museodiocesanopa.it
Prices
adult €4.50, 6-17yr & 65+ €3, under 6yr free
Opening hours
9.30am-1.30pm Sun & Tue-Fri, 10am-6pm Sat
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Opposite Palermo's cathedral, this museum houses an important collection of artworks from local churches destroyed during WWII. The ground floor holds 15th-century frescoes, along with Byzantine paintings, icons and mosaics. Especially beautiful are the 1171 Madonna della Perla , the haunting 13th-century Madonna della Spersa and the 12th-century Madonna Orante , whose face is rendered in remarkably minuscule stones.

Seek out the room dedicated to the 17th-century Sicilian painter Pietro Novelli (1603–47), who was one of the region's finest and served as a court painter to Spain's ruler, Philip IV. Much influenced by Anthony Van Dyck and Raphael, Novelli often portrayed himself in his chiaroscuro works. The museum's basement level is a mixture of sculpture, finds from destroyed churches, and paintings of Palermo.