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The Civic Museum is placed in the Ursino castle, the residence of Frederick II. It preserves some of the best evidences of the history and of the catanese artistic production.

These are finds coming from the collections of the Benedectine monks, the baron Zappalą-Asmundo, and the prince of Biscari.Among the exhibited works, the most interesting is the “ Madonna ed il bambino” by Antonello De Saliba (1466-1535). This work signed and dated back to 1497, was part of a polyptych, which was kept in in the church of Santa maria del Gesł.

The painting sant'Onofrio, by bernazzo, who was a member of Cesare da Sesto's group, dates back to 1536. the saint, a hermit in the Thebes desert, is represented as hairy, with long hair, dressed with leaves, holding a stick and an angel is giving a host to him. San Giacomo, an oil painting, was made by Bernardino Niger, who lived in the second half of the sixteenth century.

Among the other works there are: the Madonna col bambino, by Lorenzo di Credi's studio (1456-1537); L'Ultima Cena, by the Spanish Luis de Morales; other masterpieces belong to private seventeenth and eighteenth century collections; a big painting, Melanconia, is by Domenico Fetti's Group, (1589-1624). This work is particularly attratcting copy of the original, belonging to the Academy Galleries of Venice, where a young woman is represented kneeling and holding a skull, meditating upon frailty of human events.

The Museum also keeps some works by some nineteenth centyru painters from Catania; among these we find: Testa di Ofelia pazza, painted by Michele Rapisardi; Ritratto di famiglia, by Giuseppe Rapisardi and Paesaggio con l'Etna, by Giuseppe Sciuti, one of the best painter in Catania of the nineteenth century.

On the ground floor, in the thirteenth century hall, some Greek and Roman sculptures are kept: a Torso dell'Imperatore.

In the Tower of the Martyrs, Afrodite, which was recomposed with its original parts, is kept. Moreover, the museum includes, also, a collection of Attic and Corinthian vases, numismatic collections, old prints and bizarre eighteenth-century objects, such as cribs.

The civic museum of the Ursino castle: P.zza Federico di Svevia - Catania - Tel. 095/345830. Visiting hours: h. 8.30 - 13.30 all days. Entrance: free.

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