Museums, Libraries and Archives:

Online Museum Collections

A number of museums in Italy have information about their collections online.  This is set out in detail below. 

Accademia Carrara (Carrara Academy), Bergamo - Website - Database search
Languages: Italian
  • The Academy comprises the Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Comtemporanea (Modern and Contempary Art Gallery), Museo (Museum), and the Accademia di Belle Arti (Fine Arts Academy).  The Museo includes paintings by 15-19th century artists such as Pisanello, Botticelli, Giovanni Bellini, Mantegna, Raffaello, Moroni, Baschenis, Fra Galgario, Tiepolo, Canaletto e Piccio.
  • A database for the Museo is accessible by selecting Museo and Catalogo dei dipinti on the left hand side of the website and Vai al catalogo online on the displayed page.
  • Search options include artist, iconography, subject, dates, technique, location, origin, and keyword. Dropdown menus for most categories are available.
  • Each painting is illustrated and each entry includes artist, title, date, dimensions, artistic school, inventory number, date of acquisition and provenance. 
  • The Accademia's Library has over 12,000 books and is open to the public.  The catalogue can be consulted online through l'OPAC
  • The archival records of the Accademia can be consulted on request.   
Contact details
Giovanni Valagussa
Director of the Museo
Accademia Carrara
Piazza Giacomo Carrara
82 - 24121 Bergamo
Tel: +39 035399640
Fax: +035224510
Casa Buonarroti (Buonarotti House), Florence - Website (Italian) - Website (English) - Sculptures by Michelangelo (Italian) - Sculptures by Michelangelo (English) - Drawings by Michelangelo (Italian) - Drawings by Michelangelo (English) - Selection of works by other artists (Italian) - Selection of works by other artists (English)
Languages: Italian, English
  • This museum houses an extensive collection of works by Michelangelo in all media. There is also a collection of paintings, sculptures and maiolica executed by Michelangelo’s contemporaries and followers.
  • The museum has made highlights of its collection available online. The selected illustrated works are accessible through three main headings on the website’s left hand column as above.
  • Title, date, medium, dimensions and museum inventory number are included. Entries are illustrated and the provenance provided.
  • The Library holds c 10,000 books and over 40 periodicals dating back to the 16th century as well as the Buonarotti Archive.

Contact details
Casa Buonarotti
Via Ghibellina 70
50122 Florence
Tel: +39 55 241 752

Collezione Peggy Guggenheim (Peggy Guggenheim Collection), Venice  - Website (Italian) - Website (English) - Collection highlights (Italian) - Collection highlights (English) - Works by artist (Italian) - Works by artist (English)
Languages: Italian, English
  • The collection comprises European and American painting of the first half of the twentieth century by some 200 artists which were acquired until Peggy Guggenheim's death in 1979.
  • Collection highlights are organised by the room in which they are displayed.  
  • Each work can be searched online by the first letter of the artist’s last name.
  • Each entry is illustrated in colour and provides the title, dimensions, date and medium as well as an extensive description of the work and the artist's biography. 
  • No provenance information is provided.
  • The library consists of approximately 8,000 volumes of modern and contemporary art books consisting of monographs, general topics books, exhibition catalogues, museum collection catalogues, modern art theory and criticism, art periodicals, videos, and slides. Noteworthy books in particular are:
    - Catalogues of exhibitions held at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection (from 1985 to the present)
    - Catalogues from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (from 1948 to the present)
    - Catalogues from the Venice Biennale (from 1895 to the present)
  • The library collection has been digitally catalogued and is available online at and 

Contact details 
Philip Rylands
Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Palazzo Venier dei Leoni
Dorsoduro 701
I-30123 Venezia
Tel: +39.041 2405 421
Fax: +39.041 520.6885

Fondazione Magnani-Rocca (Magnani-Rocca Foundation), Parma - Foundation website (Italian) - Foundation website (English) - Collection directory (Italian) - Collection directory (English)
Languages: Italian, English
  • The Fondazione comprises the collection of Luigi Magnani (1906 - 1984), and includes works by Old Masters such as Gentile da Fabriano, Filippo Lippi, Dürer, Tiziano, Rubens, Van Dyck, Goya as well as more recent works by Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, de Pisis, 50 works by Morandi, Burri, a sculpture by Canova and two works by Lorenzo Bartolini. .
  • A complete directory of the collection is available online.
  • Each entry lists artist and title only. There are no illustrations of the works. 
  • No provenance information is provided.
  • An archive of temporary exhibitions from 1990 to 2007 is available online.
Contact details
Fondazione Magnani-Rocca
via Fondazione Magnani-Rocca, 4
43030 Mamiano di Traversetolo
Tel: +39 0521 848327/848148
Fax: +39 0521 848337
Galleria Borghese (Borghese Gallery), Rome - Website (Italian) - Website (English) - Borghese collection highlights (Italian) - Borghese collection highlights (English) - Barberini collection highlights (Italian) - Corsini collection highlights (Italian) - Corsini collection highlights (English)
Languages: Italian, English
  • The Galleria Borghese comprises a number of collections at various locations. The Galleria Borghese itself has paintings and sculpture from the 15th to the 18th centuries. The collection was initially put together by Cardinal Scipio Borghese in the 16th and 17th centuries.
  • The Galleria Barberini comprises Old Masters from the 13thto the 18th centuries.
  • The Palazzo Corsini collection dates from the 18th century and contains Old Masters from the 14th to the 18th centuries
  • Illustrated highlights from all three collections are available.  Details of artist, title and date are listed; in some cases the medium and dimensions are given.
  • No provenance information is provided. 
Contact details
Galleria Borghese
Piazzale del Museo Borghese 5
00197 ROMA
Tel: +39 06 32810/8413979
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