This is listed as a modern art gallery, which initially had me thinking "abstract" etc. but, I was to be pleasantly surprised. The term "modern" refers to the date of the art which is 19th and 20th century.
Housed, as it is, in a fine old baroque palace not far from the waterfront, it has on show an eclectic mix of landscapes, portraits, abstracts, nudes, classic scuplture et al.
Another thing that impresses is the way they are displayed in this reconfigured layout for the ex-palace.
I would like to add also that the staff were very friendly and helpful though I couldn't help but note what appeared to be a uniform for the supervisors of each floor - leopard skin coats! Every lady of matronly age on every floor had one.
The much photographed view (by appointment) from the top floor will also take some of your time as the vista looking across the harbour into the Adriatic takes your eye.
All in all, a nice relaxing hour can be spent here viewing the art, enjoying the ambience of the old palace and chatting with the staff.
The gallery gets its name from Baron Revoltella, born in Venice in 1795 but he adopted Trieste as his own and built the palace between 1854 and 1858.
When this legacy was left it also included generous funds whose annual income could be used to purchase art.
The burgeoning collection got more space when the adjacent Brunner Palace was purchased in 1907.
Some of the Baron's living areas are intact such as the library, private apartment, formal reception area (including mirror hall), study, bedroom and some sitting rooms.
What a name. You'd be thinking Hermitage or the Louvre here if names counted for anything. Sadly, the Hermitage or the Louvre it's not.
The good points are that it has some surprises, the first of which is getting into the building. This is not a place with a grand entrance. Lacking signage, I guessed the ground floor didn't have anything so I got in the ancient lift, one of those wonderful bronze creations with expanding latticed metal doors that still clink and clatter like a lift should.
Then I hit the wrong floor. I opted for one, the museum is on two. That's O.K., the people understood my needs and I eventually arrived in the right place. After that exercise, it was fully understandable when I realised I was the only visitor.............probably for the whole week!
Inside, constantly escorted by well-meaning (but don't use that camera) attendants, I viewed a nice cross-section of art, including an unusual Rubens, a Velazquez self portrait and a Fra Lippi piece.
There is also an ornate salon, the Piemontese, used from the 15th to the 19th century still with period pieces inside. All in all, you will need less than an hour to cover this one (including finding the rooms).
This is likely one of those museums that you will only visit if you have a keen interest in telecommunications - or if you're traveling with children who aren't all that happy about walking through another gallery of regional artwork. The Postal and Telegraphic Museum features exhibits on the postal networks in Friuli Venezia Giulia and the surround region (since any material prior to WWI would have to discuss Austro-Hungarian communication networks). The are explanations of postal systems, telegraphy and philately as well as explanations of Marconi's experimental ship the Elettra, the history of the Palazzo delle Poste and of the architecture of post offices throughout Mitteleuropa. The Museum is located very near the Palazzo della Poste di Trieste, a structure designed by Setz and completed in 1894.
Museo Revoltella is a modern art museum. The original palace was built between 1854 and 1858 and has three floors. It was owned by Pasquale Revoltella (1795 – 1869) who was an entrepeneur and financier. On the ground floor there is the library. The first floor houses the private apartment of the baron. The second floor was used for parties and banquets. Here you see the dining room, the ball room and some other rooms. In the 60's of the last century two other palaces where added to this one to form a modern art museum with around 350 paintings and sculptures. Here many masterpieces by Italian and foreigner artists are on display.
This is one of the best Modern Art Galleries around Europe, containg masterpieces dating from XIX and XX century artists.
The Museum contains also the whole Residence built by Baron Revoltella, a wholly furnished three stories palace.
Villa Sartorio was built in 1791. In 1838 Nicolò Petrsch; an architect enlarged and modernized this mansion in Neoclassical style. It belonged to Giuseppina Fontana and her husband Pietro Sartorio. He was a grain merchant.
There are lots of rooms to visit inside this house. Here you can see some rooms with ceramics and porcelains. There is a nice kitchen, a library and various living rooms. One of the highlights of this mansion is the Saint Chiara triptych that dates back to the fourteenth century. It is a large golden masterpiece which depict saints and various religious stories. Another room houses 254 drawings by Gianbattista Tiepolo.
Under Villa Sartorio there are some remains of a Roman villa dating back to the I century AD.
This mansion is also venue to temporary exibitions and musical concerts.
The new Joyce's Museum ( Piazza Hortis) opened last Saturday.
It's the 41 st. of Trieste's Museums.Last but not least !!
You can find a complete list of the Museum in the travelogue : The town of museums"
This museum is hosted inside the "biblioteca civica" and it contains manuscripts and photos of this great local writer: Ettore Schmidt. Italo Svevo is his pen name, since he believd that his German surname would not make him credible as an Italian writer (he was in fact bilingual italian/german). For Svevo readers it's a must-see. it's open every day from 10 Am to 1 PM and entrance is 1 euro
THE MUSEUM OF ORIENTAL ART
In the recently renewed palazzo Leo, via San Sebastiano 1, near Piazza Unità.
Great collections of Japanese and Chinese Art
THE EGYPTIAN COLLECTIONS
The Egyptian section of the Archeological Museum (via Cattedrale) was opened in February 2001 and named after Claudia Dolzani (1911-1997), a distinguished Egyptologist from Trieste
MUSEUMS,GALLERIES AND EXHIBITIONS IN TRIESTE
----MUSEUM OF MODERN ART 'Baron REVOLTELLA'----MUSEUM OF WAR AND FOR THE PEACE
--MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCES --THEATRAL MUSEUM (--MUSEUM OF SEA-SHIPPING --ARCHEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND ART --MUSEUM OF WW2 K.L. IN ITALY --CASTLE'S MEDIEVAL MUSEUM --
--CASTLE SAINT GIUSTO --MUSEUM OF PAINTRY OF THE XIX CENTURY (Museum Sartorio)--
--MUSEUM OF ITALIAN IRREDENTISM --MUSEUM MORPURGO OF XIX CENTURY'S FURNITURES---
--MUSEUM OF LAND'S HISTORY --ITALO SVEVO'S MUSEUM --SCIENCE CENTRE OF TRIESTE --MUNICIPAL BOTANICAL GARDENS --MONUMENT TO EMPRESS SISSI OF HAPSBURG --HISTORICAL MIRAMAR'S CASTLE MUSEUM
--MUSEUM OF MAIL AND TELEGRAPH HISTORY IN MITTELEUROPA-----NATIONAL GALLERY OF PAINTRY---( Canaletto / Cranach dem Älteren etc.)
--ANTIQUARIUM OF ROMAN AGE--
--EARLY CHRISTIAN BASILICA (IV century) --- --ROMAN AQUADUCT )--
--MUSEUM OF JUDAIC CULTURE-- --MUSEUM OF LOCAL HISTORY-- --ETHNO MUSEUM----MUSEUM OF RAILWAYS HISTORY-----VICTORY'S LIGHTHOUSE .