The building dates from the 17th century and was donated to the Congregation of the Philippine Fathers. It has been recently restored to its former glory, maintaining the spacious halls spread out over three floors and looking out over an inner courtyard with a characteristic central well. Nowadays it houses a permanent collection of 250 paintings by Sicilian authors from the 15th to the 20th century belonging to the municipal picture-gallery. The most noteworthy exhibits are a 15th century Crucifixion on a wooden panel and numerous painting by Luca Giordano (1634-1705), Pietro Novelli (1603-1647), Frà Felice da Sambuca (1734-1805), Fedele da San Biagio (1717-1801), Vincenzo Camuccini ( 1771-1844) and Gianbecchina (1909-2001), one of the most expressive masters of Sicilian ethno-cultural depictions. In particular, one hall are exclusively dedicated to the masterpieces of Francesco Lojacono (1838-1915), one of the most important Sicilian landscape artists of his time, whose works, together with those of his apprentices, constitute the “Sinatra Collection”. In his paintings Lojacono has captured natural scenery which still survive in the magical Garden of Kolymbethra today. Before leaving, don’t miss the ethno-anthropological section where you can admire miniature reproductions of traditional Sicilian quarters and old crafts by Roberto Vanadia (UNESCO heritage) and the magnificent Sicilian Marionettes created by Carmelo Guarneri.
The Municipal Art Gallery is located in the ex-Collegio dei Filippini (Museum of the Filippini).
It is a prestigious gallery which often hosts important cultural events.
Open from Monday to Saturday: 9.00 a.m. – 1.30 p.m. and 3.00 p.m. – 7.00 p.m.
Ticket Museum of Filippini: € 4 per person
Museo dei Filippini : contatti per informazioni e prenotazioni
Museo dei Filippini, Via Atenea, 272 / 274 – 92100 Agrigento
The following coordinates indicate the point of interest
N 37° 18' 39.71''
E 13° 34' 39.65''