Museum of the Cathedral Treasure

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By Fondazione Museo del Tesoro del Duomo e Archivio Capitolare

Grotesque (Early 16th Century) by Local painterFondazione Museo del Tesoro del Duomo e Archivio Capitolare

The Museum of the Cathedral Treasure keeps important objects coming from the Cathedral of St. Eusebius, which has been enriched during the Centuries in furnishings, reliquaries and manufactures of inestimable value.

Filling of the Cross (1000) by Lombard workshopFondazione Museo del Tesoro del Duomo e Archivio Capitolare

The exhibition opens with the original filling of the Ottonian Cross that can be traced back to bishop Leone (998-1026), prominent figure of the imperial political life, a man of cultural prestige in close relations with the emperors of the the Holy Roman Empire.

Bursa reliquary (First half 8th Century) by Merovingian goldsmithFondazione Museo del Tesoro del Duomo e Archivio Capitolare

Among the artworks in exhibition, an important collection of reliquaries.

Reliquary (1225/1250) by Limoges goldsmithFondazione Museo del Tesoro del Duomo e Archivio Capitolare

Bursa reliquary (Second half 7th Century) by Goldsmith of Northern EuropeFondazione Museo del Tesoro del Duomo e Archivio Capitolare

They are exceptional repositories made of gold, silver, ivory...

Reliquary (Late 14th Century) by Local goldsmithFondazione Museo del Tesoro del Duomo e Archivio Capitolare

... precious stones, enamels and other materials, attributable to a chronological period between the 7th Century and the modern age.

Zoomorphic reliquary (Late 14th Century) by Local goldsmithFondazione Museo del Tesoro del Duomo e Archivio Capitolare

The collection includes reliquaries of many different shapes, such as this zoomorphic reliquary, or this statuette from the 15th Century, or this Monstrance reliquary from the 17th Century.

Ferrero Chalice (1605) by Jeremias Michael and David Altenstetter (attr.)Fondazione Museo del Tesoro del Duomo e Archivio Capitolare

In addition to these valuable reliquaries, there are the liturgical furnishings, functional to the celebrations and evidence of the religion-based technical and figurative culture of that moment.

It truly pays tribute to the new artistic trends of the period they have been produced in.

Bowl with Vices (First half 12th Century) by German workshopFondazione Museo del Tesoro del Duomo e Archivio Capitolare

Bronze engraved bowls, such as this one or the one from the from the 12th Century.

Ferrero Pax (1520) by Giacomo and Galeazzo CambiFondazione Museo del Tesoro del Duomo e Archivio Capitolare

Chalice and ostensory disassembled (Late 18th Century) by Italian goldsmithFondazione Museo del Tesoro del Duomo e Archivio Capitolare

Portable liturgical set (First half 19th Century) by Jean Charles CahierFondazione Museo del Tesoro del Duomo e Archivio Capitolare

Chalice of Leone XIII (Late 19th Century) by Italian goldsmithFondazione Museo del Tesoro del Duomo e Archivio Capitolare

Inventarium (1426) by Local scriptoriumFondazione Museo del Tesoro del Duomo e Archivio Capitolare

The collection is the subject of studies and research that also make use of the interaction between the Museum, the Capitulary Library and the Capitulary Archive.

Drawing (Late 18th Century) by Local artistFondazione Museo del Tesoro del Duomo e Archivio Capitolare

Codex V (First half 14th Century) by Bolognese scriptoriumFondazione Museo del Tesoro del Duomo e Archivio Capitolare

Capitulary Library and Archives reflect the importance the diocese of Vercelli has represented both in the Middle Ages and in the modern age.

Codex XLII (Late 12th Century) by Local scriptoriumFondazione Museo del Tesoro del Duomo e Archivio Capitolare

This is testified by a bibliographic and archival patrimony formed by around 260 manuscripts (probably dated from the 4th to the 15th Century), parchments, archival documents and early printed books.

Codex XIV (14th Century) by Italian scriptoriumFondazione Museo del Tesoro del Duomo e Archivio Capitolare

Fondazione Museo del Tesoro del Duomo e Archivio Capitolare (2018) by Marco Comerio (Crooner Films)Fondazione Museo del Tesoro del Duomo e Archivio Capitolare

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