Museo di Palazzo Poggi, Bologna

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The Palazzo Poggi is a palazzo in Via Zamboni 33, Bologna, Italy. It is the headquarters of the University of Bologna and of the rector of the university.HistoryThe Palazzo Poggi was built as the home of Alessandro Poggi and his brother the future Cardinal Giovanni Poggi. The building was erected between 1549 and 1560. The design of the Palazzo Poggi has been attribured to Bartolomeo Triachini. He was apparently given the commission for the Palazzo Poggi by the Bishop Giovanni Poggi shortly before he was elevated to Cardinal. Other sources attribute the design of the Palazzo Poggi to Pellegrino Tibaldi. Cardinal Poggi met Pellegrino Tibaldi after the painter moved to Rome in 1547, and later commissioned him to paint the Palazzo Poggi. Tibaldi, a native of Bologna, returned to the city in 1555 and painted frescos for the Cardinal in the palace and the family chapel. The frescoes are considered Tibaldi's masterpiece.In 1714 the Palazzo Poggi became the House of the Instituto dell Scienze of Bologna. The Institute of Sciences was founded by Luigi Ferdinando Marsili. The Tower Observatory (La Specola) was built between 1712 and 1725. The library was built in 1744 following designs by Giuseppe Antonio Torri and Carlo Francesco Dotti. The collection of images was begun in 1754. The monumental Great Hall of the institute was added to the north side of the palace in the eighteenth century, opened in 1756.
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  • Being an obstetrician I went mainly to see the amazing part of clay figures of different fetal positions in the womb and the teaching instruments used to teach doctors how to deliver. The figures are....  more »
  • While the Museo is rather small, the exhibits give you a nice overview of the early medical studies of the human body. The other artifacts on display are things explorers brought back from their...  more »
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  • Interesting collection of items from science and nature to old maps and model ships. The wax models for the study of anatomy were probably the most interesting. Incredible to think how far things have come with the use of technology. Only slight complaint would be lack of information in English. Some things are labelled and information given but some sections have nothing at all. Unless you can understand Italian you'll probably not have a great understanding of what you're looking at.
  • A very unique collection from the university's archives, from ship models to gorgeous anatomical displays. Some beautiful ceiling frescoes to admire as well. I also wanted to commend the museum's staff. We witnessed a man who proclaimed himself to be an art expert loudly berating the young employees over not being given access to some works. He threatened to "tell the world" how awfully he was treated in Bologna and generally made a spectacle of himself. The staff behaved with calm and grace in the face of a bully.
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