Il tuo browser non supporta l’audio gestito con HTML5. The hall, called “Theatre” because of its amphitheatre-like shape, was designed in 1637 for the anatomical lessons carried out by the Bolognese architect Antonio Paolucci, called “Il Levanti”, a pupil of the Carracci.  The hall was covered in spruce wood andRead More →

Il tuo browser non supporta l’audio gestito con HTML5. What was it? It was the auditorium where the law students gathered (the auditorium of the Legisti), as well as the artists (students of philosophy, medicine, mathematics, physical and natural sciences) gathered in the specular large hall, now the Reading Room of the Library.Read More →

Il tuo browser non supporta l’audio gestito con HTML5. The ancient classrooms, now transformed into the legal deposits of the Archiginnasio, follow one another throughout the length of the façade of the palace. The walls are adorned with coats of arms and monuments that celebrate the most prominent figures inRead More →

Muratori’s memorial The only monument of the Archiginnasio that was realised by a female artist is Muratory’s memorial, which is located on the southern wall of the upper arcaded loggia. It was heavily damaged by the bombing of the 29th January 1944 and, also, by the subsequent restoration, because of aRead More →

This symbolic representation was depicted by Marcantonio Franceschini (1648-1729). The painter was a faithful and archaic follower of Carlo Cignani and, generally, of the Bolognese academicism. In this fresco (1683-1687), he has expressed his classicist culture: almost in an unholy liturgy, in this work we can observe Mercury, the symbolRead More →

This memorial was realised by Donato Creti (1671 – 1749) and Giuseppe Mazza (1652 – 1741). Sbaraglia held the chair of Anatomy and Medicine for forty years and died in 1710, at the age of 69. His testamentary dispositions were important for the city, as they linked his heritage toRead More →

This is a fresco in memory of Bartolomeo Folesani Riviera (1722-1795), professor of surgery at the Archiginnasio and surgeon at the Hospital of Santa Maria della Vita. He invented a tool for the tonsillectomy.  The Egyptian-style decoration was painted in 1801 by the Bolognese painter Antonio Basoli (1774-1848), who wasRead More →

The mural was painted in 1661 by Carlo Cignani (1628-1719), commissioned by the students’ prior of the atheneum, the Genoese physician Francesco Maria Tiscornia, in order to honour his teacher, the Bolognese philosopher and physician Andrea Mariani, lecturer of the Studio from 1618 to 1661. The work depicts an elegantRead More →

Pietro Francesco Peggi (1688-1780) taught philosophy at the University for over half a century and he was also famous for his friendship with Pope Benedict XIV, the Bolognese Prospero Lambertini.  The memorial was painted by the decorative artist Giuseppe Terzi (1749-1837), according to the criterions of eighteenth-century Bolognese scenic painting.Read More →

This memorial was realised by Angelo Piò (1690-1770) and anonymous fresco painter. The sculpted marble portrait is austere and solemn, if we compare it to the usual style of the artist, a fine interpreter of the Bolognese Baroque style; on this occasion, he evidently wanted to adapt his style toRead More →

There were numerous memorials dedicated to the physician Giulio Cesare Aranzi (1530?-1589), who was well-known at the time for the dissections that he practiced at the Anatomical Theatre, and for his study of the physiology of childbirth and of the anatomy of the female reproductive system. He was the firstRead More →