Museo del Castelvecchio

I stopped off in Verona to visit the Museo del Castelvecchio because it has such a central place in the history of postwar museum design, comprehensively renovated by Carlo Scarpa between 1959 and 1973 in a style which is deliberately abstract and ahistorical, with medieval sculptures displayed without surrounding context against plaster walls:-

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S. Marta (early fourteenth century):-

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The Virgin Mary Swooning, also from San Fermo, an anonymous but amazing artist described as the Master of Sant’ Anastasia:-

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S. Martino and the Beggar by the Master of 1436:-

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This is the vocabulary of concrete mixed with medievalism, which was very characteristic of 1950s Italy:-

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Upstairs, the paintings are exhibited attached to metal rods suspended from floor to ceiling, a style which presumably influenced Lina Bo Bardi in São Paulo:-

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There’s an exceptionally beautiful Carlo Crivelli of the Madonna of the Passion:-

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