The Villa Cagnola Art Collection contains one of the most beautiful private collections of paintings on canvas and panel, mostly gold, of 14th and 15th and Lombard 15th and 16th century Tuscan and Venetian painters. It also includes one of the richest and most complete collections of ceramics: majolica and European and oriental porcelain, which spans from the beginning of the 14th century to the end of the 19th century, covering the states of Western Europe in an imaginary journey up to the Far East.
Noteworthy are also the numerous Flemish and French tapestries, precious antique furniture, bronze plaques and sculptures.
Among the oldest paintings in the Cagnola Collection are works by Jacopo Bellini, Vivarini, Ercole de ’Roberti, Bergognone, as well as the so-called Master of the Madonna Cagnola (Zanetto Bugatto). In the context of 17th century painting we cite two paintings by Abraham Breughel, while among the 18th century paintings stand out Pietro Longhi and, with several works, Francesco Guardi.
The section of the Cagnola Collection dedicated to Sculptures contains the actual statuary with works in marble, terracotta, wood and bronze, but also art objects of various kinds (among which the Cagnola Cross of 1583 stands out) and a valuable collection of 97 bronze plaques datable between the 15th and 16th centuries. Among the authors we find names like Antonio Rosellino, Giambologna, Pietro Bernini, Alessandro Algardi and Vincenzo Vela.
There are 21 tapestries in the Cagnola Collection, still distributed among the rooms of the museum and the staircase, as they were presented to visitors of the building when Guido Cagnola still lived there. It is a large and varied collection of styles and themes, to be counted among the main genres in Lombardy, and includes Flemish cloths (except one of French origin), dating from the beginning of the 16th century to the first half of the 18th century.
The furniture from the Cagnola collection is still today included in the rooms of the ancient villa, some of which are used as a museum, and are an integral part of the furnishings. All the major eras from the 16th to the 19th century are represented with a predominance of Lombard furniture.
We find chests, coin-operated cabinets and numerous tables with tops made of marble, scagliola or inlaid ebony and ivory or in wood of various essences.
The Cagnola collection has a remarkable collection of ceramics (majolica, porcelains, etc.), of which the Cagnola, especially Carlo, were systematic and encyclopedic collectors. It can be considered among the first in Italy for the variety, completeness and quality of some objects. There are majolica from the most important Italian factories between the 16th and 18th centuries, Italian and European porcelain with Meissen and Doccia in testa, rare oriental ceramics (including some extraordinary celadon).
What’s not included
- Transportation to reach the meeting point
- Food and drink, unless otherwise specified
- Tips (optional)
- Personal extras
DepartureVia Guido Cagnola, 21 - Gazzada Schianno
Meeting 15 minutes before visiting time at Villa Cagnola ( Gazzada Schianno, Via Guido Cagnola 21 )