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National Gallery (Galleria Nazionale)
Ranked #18 of 163 things to do in Parma
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Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

Dedicated largely to local artists, I enjoyed visiting this gallery. As others have said, a large wing is closed due to lack of staff, but they do run hour long tours of the closed section at various times (I did one at noon). They may not advertise this if you are an English speaker, I was offered the tour when I spoke in Italian at the ticket office. The tour guide only speaks in Italian, but it is worth doing just to see some of the beautiful works that are otherwise inaccessible. Yes, much of the art is religious but you need to remember that this was pretty much all artists were allowed to paint at the time. There is also a beautiful little room dedicated to Bocchi, a local artist of the early 20th century.

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Reviewed 8 August 2016

Note - you have to climb 68 steps to get to the entrance to the Galleria Nationale which is part of a complex of attractions contained in the Palazzo della Pilotta, the others being the Farnese Theatre, the Museo Archeologico and the Biblioteca Palatina. In fact the Farnese Theatre is the entrance to the Galleria Nationale, hence the combined ticket. We happened to visit on the first Sunday of the month when it turned out these, and a number of other attractions, were free.



Unfortunately the gallery's jewel in the crown, a work by Leonardo da Vinci, was on loan to the Met in New York. However there were other works by Fra Angelico, Corregio, Parmigianino, Caneletto, Crespi, Murillo, El Greco and Van Dyk. It would be fair to say though that the majority of the works were of religious themes.



There are a number of different areas that make up the gallery, some obviously of a newer construction built since WWII, and others part of the original Pallazo della Pilotta. 

Whilst in some areas the artwork was well displayed, with descriptions in Italian and English, in others it was appalling.

One area in particular was approximately 100 metres long by say, 15 metres wide, with a very high ceiling. The paintings in this area were largely displayed on the front and back of partitions that were, whilst perpendicular to the wall, all on one side of the building and only 2/3 metres apart, leaving a great open space down the other side of the building. It was difficult to get far enough away to see these paintings given the reflection of the lighting.



But worse still were the partitions that were placed parallel to the side walls but only a metre away from the wall. There were over 20 paintings on the back of these partitions, including several works by Murillo and a Crespi - what an abuse of these works. If we had not seen someone else looking at the back of these partitions we would have missed seeing the paintings. As it was it was almost impossible to fully view, and therefore, appreciate them.

Also in some areas the description of the artist and the work was directly under the painting with the lighting throwing a shadow on it so you had to bend down to see it. In other areas the signage was on the floor - not great when other people were standing in front of the works.



Despite this, worth a look, particularly after the da Vinci is returned.

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Reviewed 5 August 2016

Some nice works by 15th century Parma artists, some nice 5th century works, well kept collection. And one can also visit the Farnese theatre.

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Reviewed 21 July 2016

Is located in Pallazzo Pilota. You can buy an interesting combi-ticket to visit the Farnese Theatre and the National Gallery. If you visit both an afternoon ticket gives you enough time to admire the art collection, which is simply sensational, and it costs less.

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Reviewed 5 July 2016

The whole building is amazing and very grand scale. Excellent collection of religious art which I don't always enjoy, but this is quite varied so holds interest

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