Morning: 9:00 - 13:00
Afternoon: 16:00 - 20:00 (summer schedule)
15:00 - 19:00 (winter schedule)
MUMAR, which was opened in 2009, is a collection of most of the marble fragments surviving from the embellishments which decorated the Dominican church, in particular from the altars. They date back to the 17th and 18th centuries .Their function was to frame the “Holy Image” of St Dominic. They were commissioned by various priors and paid for by famous patrons or the faithful themselves.
Some decorative elements survive from the high altar consecrated in 1640 including the statue of the Allegory of Religion designed by the Roman sculptor Martino Longhi which was originally situated on the apex of the altar. There are also fragments from the embellishments of the pillars in the nave as well as pieces of the many angels and round portraits of saints and beatified members of the Dominican Order. These were made by the artist Giuseppe Scaglia from Perugia between 1694 and 1709 and were inspired by Gianlorenzo Bernini’s decorations for the Vatican basilica in Rome.
The museum also houses three important marble busts which are somewhat damaged but clearly after the style of Bernini. Many of the stone elements from the huge 18th century high altar can be seen in the Museum. They were designed by Carlo Marchionni and made in Naples by Francesco Raguzzini and by the sculptors Antonio Corradini, Matteo Bottigliero and Francesco Pagano who also produced the many altar statues including the monumental ones depicting St Thomas Aquinas and St Vincent Ferrer.
POR CALABRIA FESR 2007/2013 L.I. 22.214.171.124
Avviso Pubblico Valorizzazione BBCC-II Edizione
ASSE V - RISORSE NATURALI, CULTURALI E TURISMO SOSTENIBILE
Obiettivo Specifico 5.2 - Valorizzare i beni e le attività culturali quale vantaggio comparato dalla regione Calabria per aumentare l'attrattività territoriale, per rafforzare la coesione sociale e migliorare la qualità della vita dei residenti.