Palazzo dei Diamanti
Palazzo dei Diamanti
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The Palazzo dei Diamanti is a venue belonging to the city of Ferrara where exhibitions of international importance are held, thereby contributing to the city’s reputation as a centre of art and culture. These exhibitions are organized jointly by Fondazione Ferrara Arte, Gallerie d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Ferrara and the Settore Attivita Culturali of the Comune di Ferrara.
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Uday T
London, UK1,899 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Friends
A building with a studded facade - hence the diamond reference. it is quite a sight. Unfortunately we were not able to go into the building with its famous art work as it was being renovated
Written 31 August 2023
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Jamie Fosker
Glasgow, UK30 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
Outside was very cool but a great collection of art from Ferrara on display. Only issue is that there is only ecclesiastic art on display (as this was the peak of the school of Ferrara) but still impressive
Written 8 July 2023
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PavlaPavla
Chrudim, Czech Republic6,903 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
This Renaissance-style palace has a very interesting and unusual facade. It consists of over eight thousand blocks in the shape of pyramids. At the time of my visit, the interior was under renovation, so it was not possible to go inside.
Written 2 August 2022
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Bernard
London, UK237 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
A gem of a palazzo in a very interesting street lined with marvellous architecture. The outside is stunning, and the art inside worth a visit. Staff friendly and helpful.
Written 7 June 2022
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Paul S
San Diego, California489 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Palazzo has a eye catching facade with the pattern of large pyramidal blocks. also, houses the excellent art collection of the Pinacoteca Nazionale.
Written 29 August 2021
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Andrew D
Milan, Italy182 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Solo
The temporary exhibition rooms are closed, but the national collection remains open.
The national collection consists of quite a few rooms of almost exclusively religious art. It’s very good, if that’s your thing.
Free with the Ferrara card.
Written 22 August 2021
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Danna968
Frankfurt, Germany166 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Friends
We did a guided round trip through Ferrara and this building was just impressive.
With the sun behind, one can imagine a diamond. Lovely.
Written 4 July 2020
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Jivko V
Sofia, Bulgaria1,501 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We saw the so called Palace of Diamonds from outside. It is actually a big house and outside finishing looks like cut diamond.
Written 29 February 2020
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Brun066
Florence, Italy13,098 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
My appreciation for the "Palazzo dei Diamanti" comes from three main reasons.
Firstly this palace, with its diamond point bosses (hence the name), is to be considered one of the most beautiful of the Italian Renaissance.
Secondly, it can even be considered a symbol of Ferrara, which from this point of view could even overstretch the Estense Castle.
I try to justify my statement; and I will devote most of my review to this goal.
The palace is suitable to symbolize Ferrara not only and not so much for its intrinsic beauty, but because it reveals the way that the architect Biagio Rossetti followed, between 1492 and 1505, to create the so-called "Addizione Erculea" .
This is the name of the operation by which Rossetti (on behalf of Ercole I d'Este, Duke of Ferrara) in fact doubled the size of once medieval Ferrara, creating new city north of the existing one, and organizing it with a gridiron of streets.
The similarity of this gridiron with the orthogonal plan cities created in the Hellenic world on the model of Hippodamus by Miletus, or with the cities founded or re-founded by the Romans, or finally with the "Terre Nuove" (new settlements; cities founded from scratch) spread throughout Europe in the second part of the Middle Ages, must not deceive: according to scholars (and in particular to the historian Bruno Zevi, 1918-2000), it's only in the case of Ferrara that the city sees the orthogonal plan organized regardless of the needs of immediate expansion; so that the inhabitants of sixteenth century Ferrara will call it not "Terra Nuova", but "Aria Nuova" (new air), to indicate that the new city consists precisely of air, and not of buildings. The gridiron exists, the buildings will then come.
To safeguard the cornerstones of its urban creation, however, and to prevent them from being distorted in the future, Rossetti "blocks" some fundamental intersections and squares, immediately edifying a few but strategic buildings. One of these (and the most illustrious) is Palazzo dei Diamanti, which is therefore established as the cornerstone of what Zevi calls "the first operation of modern urban planning in Europe".
The third reason for my appreciation stems from the quality of the artistic exhibitions that have been held in the building since many years.
Right now, the exhibition of the painter Giuseppe De Nittis is in progress (and I have just visited it), an Italian who lived mainly in Paris. In past years, I have been able to admire the exhibitions on Joan Mirò (2008), on Joseph Turner and Italy (2008-2009), on Jean Simeon Chardin (2010-2011), on Francisco de Zurbaràn (2013-2014). They were all excellent exhibitions, which honored the city of Ferrara.
Written 20 February 2020
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john b
Valparaiso, IN835 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We wee not interested in museums but loved seeing this "house". Can you believe people had houses like this 500 yeas ago?
The entire walk there takes you by some beautiful buildings/houses.
In any case around the corner is a wonderful park...worth a stroll through...great trees , some with steel supports.
Written 16 October 2019
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