The Civic Art Gallery is located in a wing of the Cilea Theatre. Since 2008, it has been hosting exclusive works of art that had been kept in the National Museum that derive from private collections donated to the city by noble families from Reggio and famous people.
Five centuries of art enclosed in a suggestive exhibition space
The paintings and sculptures exhibited in the Pinacoteca Civica were created between the 15th and 20th and centuries. Highlights include two wooden tablets by Antonello da Messina, respectively depicting San Girolamo penitente and Visita di tre angeli ad Abramo, the canvass oil painting Cristo e l'adultera by Luca Giordano, and the sculptural group Laocoonte by Pietro Bernini. Furthermore, in the section dedicated to the 900’s, there is a drawing in fine china by Renato Guttuso dedicated to swordfish fishermen.
In addition to these works, there is also Il ritorno del figliol prodigo (The Return of the Prodigal’s Son) by Mattia Preti, the works of the pupil of Caravaggio, Alonso Rodriguez, works by important artists such as Annunziato Vitrioli, paintings by Giuseppe Benassai (one of the most famous landscape painters in Italy). Then there also the sculptures of Francesco Jerace, such as the bust of the poet Nosside; Il Martirio di San Lorenzo (The Martyrdom of Saint Lorenzo) and Caduta di Simon Mago (The Fall of Simon Mago), by Vincenzo Cannizzaro, the celebrated Reggio painter considered to be the heir of Michaelangelo.
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The central hall is of unique value, completely painted with fake marble decorations on the walls, stucco decorations, and gold profiling. It is enriched by three splendid Murano glass chandeliers.
Opening days and hours
From Tuesday to Saturday
8.30 - 18.30
8.30 - 13.30
Tel. (+39) 0965 324822