Palazzo dei Diamanti is an exhibition space owned by the Municipality of Ferrara used for important exhibitions of international importance aimed at following the great historical-artistic tradition of the city.
The exhibitions are organized in collaboration with the Ferrara Arte Foundation, the Modern and Contemporary Art Galleries of Ferrara and the Cultural Activities Sector of the Municipality of Ferrara.
Ferrara Arte is a foundation that was created for the purpose of organizing exhibitions of international significance following in the city’s tradition as a centre of art and culture.
Their first show was in 1991-92 when, together with the Musée Marmottan, Ferrara Arte organized a retrospective of the works of Giovanni Boldini in Paris, which was followed by the exhibition Claude Monet e i suoi amici in Ferrara. Since then, Ferrara Arte has regularly organized exhibitions on a variety of themes: ancient art, European art from the 1400s to the 1900s, 20th century Italian art, and last but not least, great works of modern and contemporary Ferrarese painting. These exhibitions have captured the interest of critics and the public alike, making Palazzo dei Diamanti one of the most prestigious and most visited exhibition venues in Italy. Many thanks are owed to museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, The Yale Center for British Art, the Tate, the Nasjonalgalleriet in Oslo, the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid, the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Lyon, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the National Galleries of Scotland in Edinburgh, the Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenaghen, the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna in Rome, the MAMbo – Museo d’Arte Moderna in Bologna, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown and the Museo del Prado who have worked with Ferrara Arte in organizing these exhibitions. Equally important has been the contributions of numerous scholars who have curated exhibitions at Palazzo dei Diamanti, along with curators of public and private collections from all over the world who have generously loaned exceptional works of art from their collections.
Today Ferrara Arte continues to fulfill its mandate in identifying and organizing these significant exhibitions. The combined strength of the quality of their initiatives and their ability to attract audiences, their strong vocation to plan and realize these projects in collaboration with other museums and internationally recognized Italian and foreign scholars; their interest in exploring beyond the best known artists and movements, including delving into the past to reveal lesser known artists and movements, and finally, their ability for long term planning which is the seal that guarantees how seriously they undertake to achieve their goals.
Consiglio di amministrazione
Pietro Di Natale
Conservatore e curatore
Ufficio presidenza e direzione
Ufficio stampa, comunicazione digitale e promozione
Ufficio amministrativo e gestionale
Ufficio tecnico e sicurezza
Assessore alla Cultura, ai Musei, ai Monumenti storici, alla Civiltà ferrarese, ai rapporti con l’Unesco
Dirigente del Servizio Musei d’Arte
Relazioni Istituzionali e supporto attività gestionali
Anna Rosa Fava
Responsabile Unità Operativa Arte Moderna
Conservatrice responsabile Gallerie d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea
Conservatrice Gallerie d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea
Coordinamento editoriale, comunicazione e promozione
Segreteria Assessorato alla Cultura
Informazioni e prenotazioni
So called thanks to the very particular shape of the more than 8,500 blocks of marble that make up its rustication, the Palazzo dei Diamanti is one of the most famous Renaissance buildings in the world. Designed by Biagio Rossetti, the palace was built on behalf of Sigismondo d’Este, brother of Duke Ercole I d’Este, starting in 1493, and constitutes the ideal center of the so-called “Addizione Erculea”, a real doubling of the city which Rossetti conceived for the duke.
The building was purchased by the Municipality in 1832. On the ground floor there are the spaces used for important temporary exhibitions, organized by Ferrara Arte and by the Galleries of Modern and Contemporary Art of Ferrara, while on the first floor the building houses the Pinacoteca Nazionale di Ferrara, which preserves a historical-artistic collection of exceptional value.