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Founded in 1863, the Museo Civico d'Arte Antica collects more than 60,000 works that testify to the richness and complexity of ten centuries of Italian and European artistic production: paintings, sculptures, illuminated manuscripts, majolica and porcelain, gold and silver, furnishings and textiles are displayed in the grounds of the ancient medieval castle transformed, during the 1600s, into a Royal Residence by Christina of France and Marie Jeanne Baptiste of Savoy-Nemours. Indeed, the palace sums up the city's two-thousand-year history: from a Roman gate it was transformed in the Middle Ages into a fortress and then into the castle of the princes of Achaia; between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries the Royal Madames of Savoy chose it as their residence: the current facade was built between 1718 and 1721 to a design by court architect Filippo Juvarra. In the 19th century it became the seat of various institutions, including the Astronomical Observatory, while from 1848 it housed the Senate of the Kingdom of Sardinia, then of Italy. Inserted in the castle moat is the Medieval Garden, a verdant corner reconstructed on the basis of archival documents, and divided between kitchen garden, orchard and prince's garden. In 1997 the architectural complex was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Within the museum's permanent collections are works by Jan van Eyck, Gaudenzio Ferrari, Orazio Gentileschi and Pietro Piffetti. An outstanding work is Antonello da Messina's Portrait of a Man. The Palace is home to temporary exhibitions, events and cultural activities.

Piazza Castello
10122 Torino TO
011 4433501

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