THE MIDDLE AGES IN THE MUSEUM TREASURES OF vercelli and varallo
A journey through history and art with Professor Alessandro Barbero
The Vercelli area conceals an inestimable heritage of history, art and culture spanning centuries and which saw its greatest splendour in the Middle Ages. The museums of the Vercelli area encompass a large part of this, and are a treasure chest of historical awareness through centuries of collections, recovered sites and items, restorations and exhibition routes.
The Middle Ages in the museum treasures of Vercelli and Varallo is a project designed to accompany you in the discovery of these treasures.
AN EXCEPTIONAL GUIDE
In the company of Alessandro Barbero, historian and full professor of medieval history at the University of Eastern Piedmont, we set off on a cultural journey to discover the history of the Vercelli area through five museums that preserve its history and historical artefacts: the Leone Museum, the Borgogna Museum, the Cathedral Treasure Museum and Chapter Archive, the City of Vercelli Archaeological Museum, and the Museum Building – Varallo Picture Gallery and Calderini Museum.
PILLS FROM THE MUSEUMS IN THE PROFESSOR’S WORDS
THE MUSEUMS OF VERCELLI AND VARALLO
The five museums are the protagonists of the journey led by Professor Alessandro Barbero: a tale of history, curious details, emotions and sensations that carry our imagination directly to the Middle Ages.
CAMILLO LEONE MUSEUM
The Leone Museum, opened in 1910 in the 16th-century Casa Alciati and the Baroque Palazzo Langosco, houses a heterogeneous and eclectic collection of prehistoric weapons, Egyptian grave goods, Etruscan vases, medieval mosaics, porcelain, silverware and paintings from the modern era.
Via G. Verdi, 30 – Vercelli – Ph. 0161.253204
The Francesco Borgogna Museum, established in 1907 by a bequest in the will of Antonio Borgogna, philanthropist and art collector, houses a vast collection of paintings, sculpture and decorative arts, ranging from the 15th to the 20th century.
Via Antonio Borgogna, 4 – Vercelli – Ph.0161252776
CATHEDRAL TREASURE MUSEUM AND CHAPTER LIBRARY
The Cathedral Treasure Museum, opened in 2000 in the Archbishop’s Palace next to the Cathedral, houses a very important collection of objects and reliquaries, which testify to the thousand-year history of the Church of Vercelli.
Piazza Alessandro d’Angennes, 5 – Vercelli – Ph. 0161.51650
THE MAC – “LUIGI BRUZZA” ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM CITY OF VERCELLI
The “Luigi Bruzza” Archaeological Museum of the City of Vercelli opened in 2014 in the former medieval area of the Santa Chiara complex. It houses an archaeological collection of more than 600 artefacts and illustrates the history of ancient Vercellae.
corso Libertà 300 – Vercelli – Ph. 0161.649306
VARALLO ART GALLERY MUSEUM AND CALDERINI MUSEUM
The Varallo Museum has housed the natural history collections of the Calderini Museum since 1866, and the Picture Gallery since 1887. The works in the Picture Gallery, ranging from paintings to sculptures, are rooted in the Valsesian figurative reality, offering an overview spanning 15th-19th century art.