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National Art Gallery of Bologna – Thousands of paintings

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The Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna was founded in 1808 as the picture gallery of the Accademia di Belle Arti. The ancient nucleus was later enriched by the extraordinary collection of almost a thousand paintings resulting from the suppression of churches and convents carried out after the entry of Napoleon's troops in Bologna, between 1797 and 1810, and again following the suppression of 1866 implemented by the new Italian state. In the detached premises of Palazzo Pepoli Campogrande it is possible to admire the rooms splendidly frescoed by the main protagonists of the great Bolognese decoration between the second half of the 17th century and the beginning of the following century: the Hall of Honour with the triumphant Apotheosis of Hercules by Canuti, the Hall of Felsina with the graceful paintings by the Rolli brothers, the Rooms of the Seasons and of Olympus, the elegant classicism of the Hall of Alexander by Donato Creti.

National Art Gallery of Bologna – Thousands of paintings

Via delle Belle Arti, 56, 40126 Bologna BO, Italy

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