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Palazzo Mosca

notturno di palazzo Toschi Mosca, sede dei Musei Civici

The Mosca family’s  original plan of the palazzo is 16th. and 17th. century; however, the sumptuous new 18th. century design by the architect Luigi Baldelli, probably one of Lazzarini’s pupils, was commissioned by Marquis Francesco (1758-1811), who had returned to the city after forming a splendid court at Parma.

This patrician residence close to the main piazza, and Villa Caprile on Monte San Bartolo were the Mosca family’s status symbol. They were an extremely wealthy family of merchants from Bergamo who came to Pesaro around the mid-sixteenth century. Their rise in wealth and social status had made of the palazzo, constantly frequented by members of the nobility and letterati, one of the centres of the cultural and political life of the city. Among other guests were Giacomo Casanova, the author Stendhal and Napoleon Bonaparte no less, who arrived in Pesaro on February 6th. 1797.

The building occupies an entire block and has three successive central courtyards; a great rusticated portal framing an impressive great door occupies half the façade. As well as a fine picture gallery in the palazzo, only a very small part of which is now in the Musei Civici (Municipal Museums), there was also a very rich library, now in the Oliveriana.

Marchioness Vittoria lived in Palazzo Mosca until 1844, when it remained occupied by her sister Bianca and husband Tommaso Chiaramonti. After various changes of ownership it became the property of the municipality, and between 1922 and 1936 was chosen to house the Musei Civici, previously in Palazzo Ducale. The right hand wing, rebuilt in 2009, had been destroyed in 1944, during the Second World War.

Today the Musei Civici are still housed in Palazzo Mosca, recently reorganised (July 2013), as ara some of the rich deposits.

 

Text based on: Radio Città racconta la storia di Pesaro, rubrica radiofonica produced by Giovanna Patrignani, broadcast on 15/03/2010

 



piazza Toschi Mosca 29
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