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Regional Gallery (Galleria Regionale della Sicilia)

Neighbourhood: Tribunali
As featured in One Day in Sicily
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Address: Via Alloro 4, 90133, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
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+39 091 623 0011

This neo-Gothic castle dating from 1488 houses the Regional gallery of...

This neo-Gothic castle dating from 1488 houses the Regional gallery of Sicily, the largest museum in Palermo exclusively devoted to art, whose majority of work dates from the medieval and Renaissance periods through the eighteenth century.

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If in Palermo, go see the most beautiful woman in town--and meditate on life's transience

The museum's quarters in the 15th c. Palazzo Abatellis themselves are worth noting, as are transitional gothic-renaissance sculptures, but there are two outstanding works not to... read more

Reviewed 26 September 2016
Tubingen, Germany
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Tubingen, Germany
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Reviewed 26 September 2016

The museum's quarters in the 15th c. Palazzo Abatellis themselves are worth noting, as are transitional gothic-renaissance sculptures, but there are two outstanding works not to be missed by any art lover: Antonello da Messina's madonna of the annunciation and the mid-15th c. (anonymous) fresco 'triumph of death'. I have taken the liberty to call the former the most beautiful... More 

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Norwood, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

Sicily was the second stop on a Mediterranean cruise. It was interesting to go here and see older people dressed up in suit and drinking espresso at 11:00 am around the town square. Rich in history dating back thousands of years was a good visit.

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Syracuse, Italy
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Reviewed 21 July 2016

Go and see Antonello Da Messina's work...the annunziato...ie "after the Annunciation"...this painting is easily on a par with or exceeds the Mona Lisa.....She has just seen and discoursed with an entity from the 5th dimension...the information is of significance to the whole human race...past present and future....does the artist capture this...does the paint...the style ...the model..???? Yes.Yes.Yes.Yes. I have seen... More 

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Great Torrington, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 May 2016

Well worth visiting this fine collection of work by Sicilian artists from the Middle Ages to the eighteenth century, all housed in a 15th century building worthy of a visit in itself, viz Palazzo Abatellis. The 'piece de resistance' is probably the magnificent fresco 'Triunfo della Morte' (Triumph of Death), but many works which offer an insight to the development... More 

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Malo, Italy
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Reviewed 1 February 2016

The rooms are on three floors (ground, 1st, 2nd), with the ground and the 1st floor being the most interesting ones. You may buy a combo-ticket allowing you to visit Castello della Zisa or San Giovanni degli Eremitani cloister within 3 days. The "death's triumph" is breathtaking, as Antonello da Messina's and Jan Gossaert's Madonna's. You shouldn't miss out on... More 

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San Francisco
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Reviewed 17 July 2015

Also known as Abatellus - This was one of the biggest surprises of our trip. Regional art sounded so boring but it was anything but. It has some of the highest quality medieval art through to 16th century or so, including artists influenced by Caravaggio. There is the exquisite Our Lady of the Annunciation by Antonello da Messina (1474 –... More 

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Bucharest, Romania
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Reviewed 22 April 2015

maybe not the most notorious painters and sculptors, but the works of art in this museum are little gems... except the triumph of death which is huge, of course... old periods up to the caravaggism very well organised on three levels....entrance fee is modest (8 euro)... a must see

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Reviewed 29 March 2015

Beautiful building full of very special medieval paintings,frescoes and sculptures. The Triumph of Death alone is worth the entry fee. Good explanations in English in each room but it would have been useful to have been able to buy a more detailed guide book.

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Arlington Heights IL
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Reviewed 13 January 2015

This museum in housed in 19 rooms of the Palazzo Abatellis off the Via Alloro close to the waterfront. There are numerous works of art - the most striking is a huge mural , The Triumph of Death, by an unknown artist. Worth dropping in if you are in the area.

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Reviewed 19 December 2014

We enjoyed a visit to Palazzo Abatellis, which is a grand location for the Regional Museum. Going through the imposing entrance leads to a peaceful courtyard. We liked many of the works. There are numerous attractive sculptures. Fine art works such as gorgeous lacquered cabinets are to be seen. Probably the most famous painting is da Messina’s Annunciation to the... More 

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