This website has been actualize with the contribute of
Fondazione Banca del Monte di Lucca
The National Museums of Villa Guinigi and Palazzo Mans in Lucca represent, each with its own characteristics, two different and complementary aspects of Lucca’s artistic history.
They are located in two prestigious palazzi within the late-Renaissance walls, the so-called “tree-lined circle”, and today they form an integrated museum system whose potential has been recently enhanced by the important renovation and rearrangement works financed by the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Lucca.
Palazzo Mansi, a real Museum-Residence, is a remarkable example of a Luccan merchant’s mansion, tightly related to the peculiar vicissitudes of the local nobility. At the end of the 17th century the owners turned it into an “official palace” and renovated it according to the then-prevailing Baroque taste. It is now an example of a “museum within a museum”.
Today Villa Guinigi houses a Museum of the City and Territory, thanks to one of the richest and most interesting collections of art produced in Lucca by local or foreign artists who worked for both clerical and secular clients. Most of the artworks were originally owned by the Church, but became State property after the unification of Italy. Further loans and acquisitions were added to the collections in the following years.