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Museo Civico Polironiano - Museum - Environments and Paths

Museo Civico Polironiano - Museum - Environments and Paths

The Polironiano Museum is located on the top floor of the Cloister of San Simeon, where once THERE WAS THE ABBOT'S APARTMENT, the monks' cells, the eighteenth-century library and the SCRIPTORIUM.


Museo Civico Polironiano - Museum - Environments and Paths

Walking up the Barberini staircase and continuing along the corridor, you can meet the palace of the abbot, with traces of frescoes of the '500. It attaches to the apartment of the Gonzagas, dukes of Mantua. Then you can see the dormitory of the monks and the large monastic library erected in 1790 by Abbot Mauro Mari. The neoclassical architect Paolo Pozzo built a high and bright environment, preceded by a vestibule. On the walls are still visible signs of the shelves containing the unique heritage of the monastery library. Along the corridor you reach the intersection with the third corridor. In the intersection of these two corridors, there are traces of a Resurrection, frescoed by a painter of Mantegna’s school. The last corridor begins with a room that housed the desk of the '400.


Museo Civico Polironiano - Museum - Environments and Paths

In the environments described above can be visited today the collection of the Polironiano Museum, which opened Oct. 2, 2009. The first part (sections 1 - 15) of the new exhibition is devoted to material culture and rural society, and the second, which will include sections from 16 to 24, will be devoted to magic, folk religion, local legends and artistic expressions Po in the world and is currently underway
This exposition is placed to document and convey to visitors an overall view of society and the Po valley world today.

List of rooms from 1 to 15:

Museo Civico Polironiano - Museum - Environments and Paths

Room 1: The cultivation of cereals - corn and polenta

Room 2: The stable and The milk

Room 3: The Cheese

Room 4: The pig

Museo Civico Polironiano - Museum - Environments and Paths

Room 5: Rural society: the owners, artisans and proletarians

Room 8: Rural society: trades and crafts professions

Room 9: Rural society: men and

Room 10: The classroom

Museo Civico Polironiano - Museum - Environments and Paths

Room 11: The Childhood section

Room 12: The reclamation area in the valley

Room 13: The monastic tradition

Museo Civico Polironiano - Museum - Environments and Paths

Room 14: The library of the monastery

Room 15: The popular imaginary and The fairy tale

Room 16: The popular imaginary: The afterlife

Room 17: The popular imaginary: Animals, monsters, fantastic creatures, occult powers and magic

Room 18: Health and Disease. Empirical cures and remedies

Room 19: The need for protection, the popular devotion and superstitions

Room 20: Popular culture protagonists: Musicians, actors wandering, puppeteers

Room 21: Matilde di Canossa

Room 22: Ulisse Barbieri

Room 23: Umberto Bellintani

Room 24: The Po valley painters

Museo Civico Polironiano - Museum - Environments and Paths Museo Civico Polironiano - Museum - Environments and Paths

Historical Collection - Museum's collection includes archaeological artifacts (clay materials, ceramics and stone convent) recovered during excavations in the monastery

Collection of antique farm carts – The Collection is one of the most representative carts collection.Farm carts from Reggio, Modena-Carpi, Bologna, Emilia Romagna, Ferrara, Mantua and Sicily are exposed.



Museum Project: Giancorrado Barozzi

Collaboration and coordination: Federica Guidetti

Texts and scientific-educational supports: Giancorrado Barozzi e Federica Guidetti

Stand project: Associazione temporanea di professionisti Stefania Terenzoni e Cristian Prati

The person in charge of the proceedings: Florindo Lanfredi

Video: Zefiro film di Mario Piavoli – Globalmedia – My Sound

Documentary sources:
Archivio di Stato di Mantova
AESS Archivio di Etnografia e Storia Sociale – Regione Lombardia
Istituto Luce
Pierluigi Bonfatti Sabbioni
Michele Fasano
Luigi Ghiselieri
Fabio Grandi
Giuseppe Morandi

Preparation: Steelnova – Nereo Garrò – Elettroimpianti – Zero7 – Rinaldin – PhART

Promotion and communication: Pixelinside

Restoration and plant engineering
Progettazione e direzione lavori: Associazione temporanea di imprese e professionisti Franco Maffeis, Nicola Berlucchi, COPRAT, Stefano De Vito
Restauri: Ivan Marmiroli
Impianti di sicurezza: Algor Elettronica
Esecuzione lavori: CO.GE Costruzioni Generali – GT impianti

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