The Diocesan Museum of Mazara, born in 1993, It is located inside of the monumental building of the eighteenth century Seminary, designed by the famous architect Gian Biagio Amico.
It collects evidence extremely significant for the history of the city, Diocese, fondata dai Normanni nel 1093, and the whole territory.
It is distinguished by the importance monument Montaperto (1469-1484) already in the Cathedral, consisting of the sarcophagus and a group of statues, including the four cardinal virtues, supporting the ark burial of bishop, the Redeemer, The Annunciation, the four Evangelists and Saint Catherine of Alexandria. Commissioned by Bishop Giovanni Domenico Gagini Montaperto, It is considered by scholars as the masterpiece of maturity of the great sculptor bissonese, bearer of the suggestions of the Renaissance in Sicily.
Other examples of large statuary refer to names like Ignatius Marabitti (1719-1797), one of the most important artists of the eighteenth century Sicilian, that has created a powerful and elegant St. Ignatius, commissioned for the church of the same name Mazara by the Society of Jesus. Similarly Marabitti is attributed the dramatic Christus Dolens, in precious alabaster flesh, carved with virtuosic skill.
From the collapsed ceiling of the Church of St. Ignatius quoted come frescoes by Domenico La Bruna (1669-1763), detached and now on display in the Gallery Art Gallery, together with the collection of the picture gallery.
The coach of Bishop Antonio Salomone (1845-1857) and the sedan Bishop Carmelo Valenti (1858-1882), in perfect condition, They are fascinating historical courtly life of past centuries.
The Great Hall of the Silver welcomes then a "treasure" consists of silver and vestments, more than one hundred works of sacred furnishings of liturgical art (crosses, shrine, pee, ostensori) dating from the Middle Ages to the present day, with a strong group of works from the Baroque period.
They distinguish the valuable processional crosses of Salemi and Mazara: the first, signed by the craftsman Johannes de Cioni, It is dated in the cartouche 1386, while the second, attributed to Giovanni di Spagna, It is dated to the first half of the fifteenth century.
Symbol of the museum since its inception is the griffin which is the node to the great Baroque monstrance commissioned by Bishop Francesco Maria Graffeo and made by a silversmith in the Trapani 1685 and 1695. Griffin, fantastic animal inherited from medieval bestiary, heraldically recalls the name of the illustrious client but is especially "animal Christological", because it combines the two natures celestial and terrestrial, Jesus as the human and divine. No coincidence that stands on the bud of a thistle that, with its structure spinosa, iconographic representation-is symbolic to the torments of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Of great value is also a monumental urn-repository that bears the mark of the workshops of Trapani (workshop of the Fight, 1743); the entire surface, coated in silver foil, It is decorated with a rich ornamented phytomorphic, in which they are "theaters" with scenes from the Old Testament related to the theme of sacrifice.
The museum thus provides the opportunity to follow, through a chronological journey and thematically linked to sacred, transformations stylistic and iconographic peculiarities of monumental productions and sumptuary, but also cultural relations and the movement of artistic traditions between the peoples of the Mediterranean.
Statue, paintings, precious artifacts, are important and interesting fragments of historical memory and the cultural identity of the communities that produced them.
Republic Square, 16 - Mazara del Vallo 91026 (City)
Entrance: free contribution
Guided tours by appointment
10.00-12.30 Tuesday through Saturday
10.00-12.30/16.30-18.30 Friend. Sab.
Monday weekly rest.
Sunday opening on request.
The Museum is closed on:
01 and 06 January; Easter and Easter Monday; 25 April; 1 May; 15 August; 1 November; 08, 24, 25 and 26 December