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'Talking Drum' Ethnographic Museum and Art Gallery

What to see in Montone, Perugia, Umbria


Inside the museum complex of the village of Montone there are the Art Gallery and the Ethnographic Museum called 'The Talking Drum'. In the era of the fifteenth century, through the figure of Braccio da Montone, Signore in 1416 the city of Perugia, the village suffered a broader framework of cultural movement of artists of great fame. It was in fact the same arm to commissioning to Antonio Alberti from Ferrara, painter courteous that lent his work at the Este court in both the decoration of his house that the cycle of the apse of the church of San Francesco. In this lively mecenatesco climate, worked artists of the rank of Luca Signorelli, Bartolomeo Caporali, prominent member of school perugina together with Benedetto Bonfigli, Antonio Bencivenni from Mercatello, Berto di Giovanni and other painters of the circle of the Umbrian school.

The museum complex is located inside an ancient Franciscan settlement constituted by the church of San Francesco (of which you have news already starting from the XIII century) and from the adjacent convent, expanded as a result of the increase in the presence of Friars and lay brothers and of the growing needs of the community around the XVI century. After the Unification of Italy and the consequent suppression of the religious bodies, the complex has been abandoned by the Friars Minor and became state property. For about a century the structure, after the forced abandonment of the friars, was left to the carelessness of the time and only in 1995, after a long and tiring work of restoration and recovery, became the seat of the municipal museum. Some rooms of the former convent in ground floor, were intended, following the restoration, to accommodate the ethnographic museum "The Talking Drum".

In the Pinacoteca Comunale displays paintings, sculptures and furnishings from the different Churches of the municipal territory. Among the works of greater value there are: the wooden group of deposition coming from the ancient Pieve di San Gregorio Magno outside the walls, the Madonna of Mercy painted by Bartolomeo Caporali, the genealogical trees of the family the Fortebracci family and the Annunciation of signorellesca school.

The Ethnographic Museum instead, was born in 1993 thanks to the collection of the material of the African populations eastern collected by professor Enrico Castelli. Differently from what occurs in the ethnographic museums traditional, "The Talking Drum" has no individual ethnic groups on the basis of sequences of objects to their belonged, but by subdividing the salt according to the ecosystems characteristic of African region: forest, savannah, Costa, the Great Lakes Region. Visiting the museum, you can follow different routes, and thanks to different paths linked to the objects it will be possible to know some particular aspects of African cultures.

Extraordinary openings 24-25 April, 1 May 2017: 10.30-13/15.30-18.
october-March: Saturday and Sunday 10.30-13/15-17.30.
April-May: friday, saturday and sunday 10.30-13/15.30-18.
june-september: Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10.30-13/16-18.30.
Closed on 25 December and 1 January.

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  • Via S. Francesco, 4, Montone (Perugia)
  • 075 9306535
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