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Palazzo Abatellis

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Via Alloro 4, 90133, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A modern, creative experience designed by the famous Italian architect Carlo Scarpa in the 50’s. Items are beautifully arranged and displayed. Perhaps the best museum we visited during our trip to Sicily. Each case, stand, and display case was sensitively designed - just seeing those...More

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Reviewed 29 July 2018 via mobile

The art in this beautiful building is worth trailing through narrow back streets in 30* heat to see. As lots of other reviewers have pointed out...the huge fresco of the Triumph of Death and the Blue virgin of Antonio de Messina are quite quite wonderful..The...More

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Reviewed 20 July 2018 via mobile

So many paintings and frescos are here. Antonello de Messina’s Annunciata is the most important. But you can stare a long time at “Trionfo della Morte” and reflect on it. I was simply captivated by this collection, not to mention all those Baroque paintings and...More

Thank GregoryAlpha
Reviewed 20 June 2018

There is really one main reason to go here (besides the others I will list): the Virgin Annunciate by Antonello da Messina. One of a handful of his extant works, it's transfixing. The museum also has the incredible Triumph of Death, the enigmatic Bust of...More

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Reviewed 11 June 2018 via mobile

The palazzo was constructed in 1490 and, in the 1950's was converted into an art museum for medieval art, which has stretched into the renaissance. Inevitably there is a focus on Sicilian artists with many splendid early works rescued from churches and there a few...More

Thank Ian C
Reviewed 15 May 2018

The collection of museum that used to be the residence of Francesco Abatellis, port master of the Kingdom of Sicily, is rather rich. It contains 12th century wooden works, 14th-17th century works by foreign and italian artists and the remarkable fresco of the Triumph of...More

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Reviewed 4 May 2018

Probably the best known piece is Antonello's Virgin Annunciate, the delicate portrait of a very beautiful girl, but also the Triumph of Death, an awesome fresco taking up an entire wall. It is a large collection of mostly religious works. For me the most impressive...More

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Reviewed 25 April 2018 via mobile

In this building they are having medieval art, not so impressive if you are used to see it before. The ticket is expensive, 8 euro each

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Reviewed 19 November 2017 via mobile

If you like art then this museum is a delight. Well displayed and all clearly labelled. Staff friendly and helpful. No guide books or shop. No cafe. Really enjoyed it and spent a couple of hours there.

Thank Douglas645
Reviewed 26 October 2017

There's a vast collection of medieval to renaissance paintings here, plus a lot of later items that, speaking personally, I can live without. The stand-out is the Virgin Annunciate by Antonello da Messina, presented pretty much in its own room. But there's a lot of...More

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