Il tuo browser non supporta l’audio gestito con HTML5. In the early sixties of the 17th century, the University of Bologna was in competition with the new Italian and foreign universities, so Pope Pius IV decided to reorganize and restore its prestige: he decided to assemble the schools of  theRead More →

Il tuo browser non supporta l’audio gestito con HTML5. On the ground floor there are some rooms that were the first to be frescoed and were intended for professors and janitors of the University. They are now the seat of the Medical Surgical Society and the Academy of the Agriculture.Read More →

The interiors of the palace and the two large staircases that connect the courtyard to the upper floor are divided between the two distinct “universitates” of Legisti (law students) and Artists. On the left there is the staircase of the Artists, with the memorial dedicated to Doctor Venceslao Lazzari. ItRead More →

This is a fresco in honour of Cardinal Benedetto Giustiniani, dedicated to him by Diego de Leon Garavito, a Spanish student born in Lima in Perù, and he is considered the first “American” student who attended the University of Bologna, for whom the “natio Indiarum” was added to the legislatureRead More →

The Bolognese Felice Castelli taught at the Studio from 1559 to 1607. in the early years, he taught Logic, then Practical Medicine, simultaneously practising with great success the medical profession. He died on 16th June 1608, while the monument dates back to 1592. It is surmounted in the lunette byRead More →

This memorial (realised around 1678-1679) is dedicated to Giovan Battista and Ippolito Fornasari, both jurists, and it offers an example of the great variety of materials with which these monuments were made: in addition to the painted decoration, plaster, metal and sandstone were used too. The double portrait of theRead More →

In the upper arcaded loggia, in the first arcade of the artists’ ambulatory, there are the Insignia of the Republic of Venice and the coat of arms of Prior Valmarana. The haloed lion of St. Mark keeps the Gospel open, bearing the writing “pax tibi Marce Evangelista meus”. The lionRead More →

Besides the two bells that beat the hours in the small tower which is positioned above the clock, there is another bell in the courtyard of the Archiginnasio: it is placed in a corner, between the north and the west walls, almost at the top of the first floor. AccordingRead More →

Doctor Venceslao Lazzari’s memorial is on the staircase of the Artists. It was painted in 1601 by Lionello Spada (1576-1622) and it represents an ornate of fake boulder with cherubs and allegorical figures. The fresco is now drab and degraded, and it is an example of that kind of paintingRead More →

The monument is dedicated to St. Charles Borromeo, who was the Cardinal Legate of Bologna in the founding years of the Archiginnasio. The fresco (realised between 1610 and 1612) was created by the Bolognese Giovanni Luigi Valesi and it represents four female figures, which are identifiable with Faith, Hope, CharityRead More →