Tourist Attraction in Gallipoli: Museo civico "Emanuele Barba"
The Emanuele Barba Museum is a cultural institution. The Museum was founded in 1823 by Carmine Fontò who donated his books to the city. To these first donations others were added by convents. After some years the Museum was entrusted to the naturalist, scientist and teacher Emanuele Barba who established a "Zoological Cabinet". Today in the museum there are collections of weapons, clothes, fossils. The collection of the gallipolino painter Giovanni Andrea Coppola is also exhibited. The museum includes archaeological finds, sarcophagi and Messapian vases with inscriptions; portraits of famous people from Gallipoli; a numismatic collection. In 2010 after more than ten years, the section of the museum dedicated to fetal and animal pathologies reopened, collected by the scientist, philosopher and professor from Gallipoli Emanuele Barba with the intent to study genetic diseases such as Down syndrome. Very rich is the collection of Renaissance weapons and arquebuses (an ancient portable firearm), the one that contains more than five hundred finds found in the ancient necropolis of the nearby Alezio as well as sarcophagi. It consists of three distinct sections: the museum itself, the municipal library "Ex Sant'Angelo" (in the former Confraternity Church of Sant'Angelo) and the Coppola Collection Room which contains 20 precious paintings of the famous painter Gallipolino Giovanni Andrea Coppola . The museum is located in Via Antonietta De Pace, the central street of the city, in an ancient palace of 1800. It is to be understood however, the most extraordinary example of a positivist museum that collects historical pieces of every kind and genre; was born in full Positivism, a movement that originated in France in the nineteenth century. The hall was inaugurated in 2012 and is located in the lower rooms of Palazzo Balsamo, seat of the Town Hall. It holds about twenty canvases by Giovanni Andrea Coppola donated to the municipality by the heirs of the family since 1982; we remember the famous "Still life" that had the privilege of being exhibited at an exhibition in Paris in 2007. Historical and artistic collection: includes paintings dating back to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, in addition to the aforementioned canvases by Coppola. The paintings of the painter Giulio Pagliano (1882-1932) can certainly be counted among the twentieth century paintings: his most famous works are "The portrait of Sophia Stevens". The health center and the port of Gallipoli "," Young man in military clothing ". There are also works by the gallipolino painter Giuseppe Forcignanò, who died in Paris after a life full of travels in the Neapolitan region. admire the portraits of the famous Gallipulines (Bartolomeo Ravenna, Antonietta De Pace and Emanuele Barba. Text processing: Giovambattista Spagnuolo (Myooni)