The picture gallery of the “Ala Ponzone” Civic Museum is located in the sixteenth century Affaitati building. It was established in the 16th century and it enriched its collection over the centuries, even though most of the work is Ponzone family’s. The Gallery became public with the testament of the Marquis Giuseppe Sigismondo Ala Ponzone in 1842. Then the Museum expanded with works from some destroyed or closed Cremonese churches.
What you will see
Today the collection of paintings and sculptures counts more than two thousand pieces, only partially exhibited in the rooms of the Museum. Among the pictures stand “San Francesco in Meditation” by Caravaggio and “L’ortolano” by Giuseppe Arcimboldi. A recent intervention led to the opening of a new room called Sala del Platina, which contains the precious inlaid wardrobe made by the Mantuan artist Giovanni Maria da Piadena, known as Platina, a masterpiece of Renaissance wood art, executed for the Cathedral of Cremona between 1477 and 1480 . Inside the Civic Museum, visitors can also find Stanze per la Musica: the collection of historical instruments by Carlo Alberto Carutti, one of the most important collections of string instruments for quality, rarity and state of conservation of the instruments.
Palazzo Ala Ponzone
Included for people with disabilities