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Palazzo Carignano reopening - 18.03.2011

The Baroque apartments and the private studio of Cavour

The Baroque apartments of Palazzo Carignano, the most spectacular part of the Turin palace that is itself a masterpiece of European Baroque, are reopening to the public. Designed by the Baroque master Guarino Guarini, the apartments once hosted the private studies of the Count of Cavour.
The subject of a long-running restoration, the apartments will open to the public once again on 20 March 2011. The opening of the apartments coincides with celebrations marking 150 years since Italian Unification and is an apt addition to Turin's historic spaces.
The newly restored section includes the Appartamento di Mezzogiorno (Midnight Apartment), also known as the Appartamento dei Principi (The Princes' Apartment), with its stunning wood panelling and mirror-clad walls, as well as the Appartamento di Mezzanotte (Midnight Apartment).
Another spectacular feature is the grand staircase leading to the Parlamento Subalpino (Italian Parliament) and several previously 'secret' areas that are being opened for the first time ever, such as the spiral staircase over Piazza Carignano and the palazzo's characteristic cellars.

The apartments are also hosting an exhibition devoted to the work of Stefano Maria Legnani, also known as Legnanino (1661-1713), the creator of nearly all Palazzo Carignano's frescoes. In addition to these, he also painted numerous other works in Piedmont, particularly in Novara and Turin. His masterpieces include artworks inside the Cappella della Congregazione dei Banchieri e dei Mercanti as well as in Palazzo Barolo. The exhibition features around 30 works from churches, palaces and museums from across Italy. Many of these were created by Legnanino himself, such as the altarpiece for Rome's San Francesco a Ripa Church, his oldest work, or the massive canvas of Miasino. However, others are the work of other contemporary masters, including Andrea Pozzo, Daniele Seiter and Carlo Maratta, who has three pieces on show including Saint Isidore's Flight to Egypt. A stunning Seiter altarpiece has been kindly loaned for the exhibition by the office of Chieti's Public Prosecutor. Although originally designed for the Turin Church of Santa Cristina, it ended up in private hands and was recently seized along with other assets during a criminal investigation.

Palazzo Carignano's new rooms can be explored with the assistance of specialist guides. Booking is strongly recommended. A ticket to the exhibition will also give a discount on the entry ticket to the National Museum of the Risorgimento, which is located in the same complex.

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