What to do in Messina? Enjoy Caravaggio’s paintings in the Museum!
Has your cruise ship just docked in Messina? Are you at the train station waiting for the next train? Do you have a couple of hours to spend in the city and you don’t know what to do?
A perfect way to spend the time is to go to the museum. The one in Messina is located in a strategic point: in fact, it is on the way to the beach of Messina and you can easily arrive there taking the tram, North way, to the last stop.
This place has a long history. It was instituted in the 1806 but sadly it was destroyed by the famous earthquake in 1908, when many pieces of art were lost. During the following years, the citizens have been attending many projects to build it again and to have back the pieces of art. Finally, in 2013 the work was complete and on 9th December 2016 there was the official inauguration.
The Museum of Messina counts many works of art: the statue of Neptune, archaeological – Norman, Byzantine, medieval – finds, majolica and some paintings of the famous Antonello da Messina, the Flemish school of painting and above all the two paintings of Caravaggio named “The Raising of Lazarus” and “The Adoration of the Shepherds”.
Caravaggio used a technique he was famous for developing called chiaroscuro. Chiaroscuro is a contrast between dark and light. Using this technique heightened the drama of the work to make it seem raw and magnify the emotional aspects of the work. Chiaroscuro forces the viewer to focus on the figures and the event rather than other things going on in the background.
So, don’t waste time and visit the Museum!
Opening: from Tuesday to Saturday 9.00 a.m. – 6.30 p.m. Sundays and holidays 9.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. Closed on Mondays.
Full ticket price: 8,00 €
Half ticket price: 4,00 €