Museo di San Lorenzo Martire

Via 11 Febbraio, 98 - 24019 Zogno
Tel. 0345.91083

Opening times:
Upon request

Free of charge

Upon request

Leaflets and some texts by the Museum Historical Archive.

Historical Info

This exclusively religious Museum was established in 1985 in the house of the ex Jurisdiction, which was acquired by the Parish in 1963 to play host to the sacred furnishings. Restored between 1980 and 1985, it was brought to its original state and was meant to host the collections of the future Museum.
The exhibited paintings, sculptures, liturgical furnishings and devotional objects come from Zogno Parish and from the collection of don Giulio Gabanelli, San Lorenzo priest, who was the main creator of this charming Museum.

Exhibition Criteria

The exhibition order highlights the need to conserve sacred furnishings and vestments, which are no longer in use due to the liturgical reform of the Second Ecumenical Council of the Vatican. A celebratory exhibition revives memories of the sacred pre-council rituals. Special attention is also paid to the various forms of popular piety.
The material spans three floors. It is partly arranged in display cabinets and represents the redemption operated by Christ and celebrated by the Church, the celebration of Christ in the sacraments, in the rosary and in the
Christian re-birth.
The itinerary starts at the entrance floor with a prehistoric sun idol which demonstrates that the man has always looked up in the sky in search of a light able to "brighten" his existence. In this room, alongside frescoes from
the 15th and 16th centuries and other sculptures, are four big thematic display cases, decorated with decals, and a long showcase with copies of old precious laces.

In the first display cabinet the physical and mystical presence in the Eucaristia e the cosmic thriumph of Christ are observable through the wooden sculpture of the Child (17th century), the silver ostensory and the carved cornice with the Agnus Dei.
The second display case is dedicated to S.Ambrogio, S.Agostino, S.Narno and S.Carlo Borromeo, who are the saint foundators of the Lombard Church. Four silver brass busts conserve the saint relics.
In the third display case, wooden polycrome sculptures from the 14th and 15th centuries illustrate the Calvary story.
The itinerary ends in front of the stunning cabinet displaying "The Grand Mass of S. Lorenzo"(saint patron of Zogno), which is evoked through the superb vestments in red velvet , which are embroidered in gold, silver and
polychrome silks. Around it the celebratory furnishings are arranged and the old banner of the Confraternity is on the background.

On the upper floor are the themes of Santo Viatico, of the devotion to Rosary Madonna, and of "Messa funebre". The first display cabinet displays figures and symbolic objects that evoke the procession of Santo Viatico. At the centre of the second display cabinet, the 15 tondos of the mysteries (16th century) frame an old wooden statue representing Madonna with the Child.
Precious liturgical vestments and chunks of the canopy from the 18t century used during Corpus Domini processions can be admired in the following cabinet.
Black is the main colour in the display cabinet dedicated to "High Mass of the funeral": in the centre, the figure of Christ resurrection alludes to the hope of an eternal life. Of particular interest are the black silk vestments
designed by Luigi Angelini and embroidered in silver by Zogno cloistered nuns.
A long central showcase exhibits old objects for the celebration of the Mass.

Of particular interest is also the collection of bells, which were moulded between the 15th and 18th century and whose exhibition criterion allows their ringing. Giovanni Anselmi from Serina moulded the oldest bell, dated
A highlight is also the mechanism of a tower clock realised in 1756 by the Gritti family. They lived in Miragolo, a Zogno hamlet famous for its clock production.

The lower floor hosts two big central display cabinets and various small display cabinets along the walls. The big cabinet exhibits richly decorated old copes in silk and brocade, wooden sculptures of Lombard production (16th century), silver lamps, three stunning alms and some altar cards.
The lateral display cabinets collect small objects related to the faith of local people: small images, scapulars, small medals, small stoops and rosaries.
A recently restored organ (1686) coming from a small Church of the territory completes the itinerary on this floor.
The most interesting painting are:
- "The Pietà" by Giovan Paolo Cavagna (1556-1627)
- "Vergin Mary in the Temple" by Palma The Young (1544 -1628)
- "S.Lorenzo" anonymous, late 16th century
- "Gesù deriso e flagellato" di Pietro Muttoni also known as Vecchia (1605-1678).

In the conference room "Priula" the following stands out:
- "Madonna and Saints" attributed to Palma il Vecchio (1480-1528)
- "The Martyrdom of S.Stefano" by Carlo Ceresa (1609-1679)
- "The Deposition of Christ" anonymous, 17th century.

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