The Estense Gallery, memories of a dukedom

If you want to travel through time, you have to walk along these corridors.

A path from the Roman vestiges to the splendours of the Dukedom: this is the Estense Gallery of Modena.

It is just the marble portrait bust of Francesco I by Gian Lorenzo Bernini that welcomes us.

The Duke looks far away while the wind lifts up his cloak.

Thanks to the talent of Bernini it appears to be made of soft fabric. We forget that it is carved!

The Gallery houses also paintings and collector’s items. The musical instruments are amazing.

The carving decoration applied to violin making has incredible effects, almost exaggerated.

Stunning the famous Estense harp, made in 1581 and played in honour of Margherita Gonzaga by a female ensemble.

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