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PALAZZO ZUCKERMANN Applied and Decorative Arts and Bottacin Museum Palazzo Zuckermann is located on the street which runs straight from the train station to the Caffè Pedrocchi area and Palazzo Bo (University) - that is, to the very heart of the historical city centre. The façade of Palazzo Zuckermann faces the Roman Arena, the Scrovegni Chapel and the Eremitani Museums. It was commissioned by the industrialist Enrico Zuckermann and it is one of the symbols of the new bourgeois city. It was built between 1912 and 1914 to the project of the architect Filippo Arosio, following c1assic monumental style.
The Museum contains more than 2000 examples of Applied and Decorative Arts: glass, intaglio and inlay work, ceramics, silver, ivory, jewellery, textiles and fabrics, and furniture. These pieces, most of which have never before been on public display, illustrate the various types of artifacts made and used in Padova between the Middle Ages and the second half of the 19th century.
The exhibition opens with a selection of sculpted stone tablets. Ample space is devoted to ceramics with splendid examples of 16th century majolica from the workshops of Urbino, Pesaro and Venice, together with pieces of exquisite taste like the porcelain coffee service, made by the Cozzi workshop, which once belonged to the aristocratic Manfredini family.
The important collection of furniture includes 15th century chests-of-drawers, finely decorated with intaglio and marquetry work. In the 18th century, Venice and its surrounding region were the largest and most important centres of furniture production in northern.
Ample space is also devoted to pieces dating from the 12th to the 18th centuries, executed for both public and private devotion: crucifixes, goblets, reliquaries, ostensories, paxes, and liturgical vestments, some of which were originally in the Scrovegni Chapel. Collections of glassware, wooden sculptures and ivories also find their true place, and also costume collection mainly 18th century men's clothing, clothing accessories, the jewellery from the Leone Trieste and Sartori Piovene legacies and the small collection of Oriental antiquities and objets. Lastly are the collections of drawings and etchings.

The second floor of Palazzo Zuckermann hosts the entire collection of Nicola Bottacin, a wealthy merchant who, in 1865, gave the city of Padova all his works of art and numismatic collections which were in his home in Trieste. The paintings, furniture, sculptures, Chinese ceramics, antique weapons and other works he had collected to decorate his villa are exhibited here in an ideal reconstruction of that house, which was built according to typically eclectic 19th-century taste.

The exhibition then divides, one part presents Bottacin's collections of paintings, the other his collections of coins. Close examination of his archives has identified the paintings and sculptures he had bought to decorate is home in Trieste. Paintings by artists from the Veneto (Bello, Schiavoni, Zona), Lombardy (Induno) and Trieste (Dell'Acqua) are exhibited together with sculptures by Magni, Cameroni and the Flora by the Ticinese Vela, in order to recall daily life of a time gone by, and love of elegant and refined shapes. The other part presents a reconstruction of the room containing the numismatic collection. Its furniture was created to preserve this large collection of coins and medals, and several cabinet-makers worked on it.

The second part is specifically devoted to the history of coins, which makes the Bottacin Museum one of the most prestigious numismatic institutions in Europe. Eighteenth-century showcases contain the most important specimens of the collection in chronological order, from Greek coins to Roman Republican and imperial specimens, and their later development into Byzantine money, which was associated with that of the Ostrogoths, Longobards and Arabs. Various specimens show the evolution of coins from silver thalers and gold scudi to the Italian lira and finally, the present Euro.


Palazzo Zuckermann
tel. +39 049 8205664
Open all year: 10:00 - 19:00
Closed: Mondays (unless public holidays), January 1, May 1, December 25 and 26.
Tickets: full-price 10.00 euro; reduced price: 8.00 groups of minimum 10 persons, young people of 18 to 25 
To reach Palazzo Zuckermann
from train station: buses 3, 10, 12; Sundays and holidays: buses 32, 42.
by car and coach: motorway exit Padova Est, parking at Fiera (Fair): shuttle bus service from Via Tommaseo to centre of city; or motorway exits Padova Sud and Padova Ovest, parking in Prato della Valle, with shuttle bus service to centre of town, Via Valeri (off Via Trieste), Piazza Insurrezione.
  • corso Garibaldi 33
    Padova (PD)


The institutes called the City Museums of Padova (Musei Civici di Padova) include the Archaeological Museum, the Museum of Medieval and Modern Art, the Scrovegni Chapel and Palazzo Zuckermann (Museum of Applied Arts and Bottacin Museum). They contain the permanent collections of public property; during the year many  interesting activities take place, such as: cultural events, exhibitions, concerts, conventions.
via Porciglia 35
35121 - Padova (PD)
+39 049 8204513 padovacultura.padovanet.it/musei
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The Museums had their origins in various collections of works of art, gathered together over the centuries. After the official institution in 1857, collections of books, paintings, sculptures and applied arts all arrived, bearing witness to the history of Padova, from its remote origins until the present day. In 1985, the main museum was transferred to the cloisters of the old Eremitani monastery.
The original collection of the Archaeological Museum was represented by the stone tablets and other artefacts arranged in the loggias of the Palazzo della Ragione. The exhibition begins with objects of pre-Roman age, with findings of great interest going back to the 8th to the 4th-3rd centuries B.C.. There is an important series of Venetic funerary stelae, including those of Ostiala Gallenia. and from Camin. The Roman section is amply represented, with the bust of Silenus, the elegant memorial stone of the dancer Claudia Toreuma, and the monumental tomb of the Volumnii family. There are also many mosaics. The rooms devoted to Egyptian antiquities have two very fine statues of the goddess Sekhmet. Other smaller rooms contain Greek, Etruscan and Italiot materials, a large collection of Greek and Apulian vases. Architectural examples of Roman age are displayed in the cloisters.
Initiated in the late 18th century, the Art Museum now boasts a total of about three thousand paintings, offering a panoramic view of Veneto work in this field from the early 14th to the 19th centuries. Here are works by Giotto, Squarcione, J. Bellini, Giorgione, Titian, Romanino, Bassano, Veronese, Tintoretto, Piazzetta and Tiepolo, and also ones by foreign artists, mainly Flemish and Dutch. The Lapidarium contains architectural and decorative fragments coming from the city of Padova and its surroundings. The rich collection of sculptures going back to the 14th-16th centuries contains works by Briosco, the Lombardo family, and Canova. There is also an important section devoted to bronze sculptures, an expressive form which flourished in Padova in Renaissance times.
In 1300, a wealthy Paduan seigneur, Enrico Scrovegni, purchased the area of the Roman Arena in order to construct a sumptuous palazzo to be used as his residence. Next to this, he wished to build a chapel dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, in suffrage of his father Reginaldo, mentioned by Dante in Canto XVII of the Inferno, accused of being a usurer. After having met Giotto, Scrovegni commissioned the artist to decorate the Chapel. According to the most reliable statements, Giotto carried out this work between 1303 and 1305. The frescoes entirely cover the walls and ceiling of the building, and narrate episodes in the lives of the Virgin Mary and Christ. The vaulted ceiling is a blue star-spangled sky. The narration is depicted in three bands of frescoes on the walls and the triumphal arch. Under there is a basement of imitation marble, showing the Vices and Virtues in appropriate niches. Above the entrance is the Universal Judgement. The crucifix, which once completed the decoration of the Chapel, may today be admired in a hall of the City Museum. The altar holds statues by Giovanni Pisano.
The Multimedial Room at the Scrovegni Chapel includes an itinerary conposed of virtual-reality stations, video clips and real reconstructions. Visitors can experience full immersion in the 14th-century world of Giotto and of his painting, and come to know all about the great Tuscan artist, his work, and his life and times. The project also foresees the need to regulate the flow of visitors to the Chapel, in order to safeguard the precious frescoes.
Still conceived in late 19th-century style, Palazzo Zuckermann was designed by the Milanese architect Aroso, for the Paduan industrialist Enrico Zuckermann, in the years immediately preceding the First World War. The collections of applied and decorative arts are housed on the ground and first floors, and the numismatic displays of the Bottacin Museum on the second floor.

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