28th February - 16th June 2019

From Tuesday to Friday: 10.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. | 2.00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 10.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. | 2.00 p.m. – 7.00 p.m.
Closed on Mondays

• Full price museum (including guided tour) + exhibition: € 14,00
• Reduction museum + exhibition:  € 12,00
(students untill 26 years old, people over 65 years old, groups and agreements)
• Only exhibition: € 8,00 ; Reduced price€ 6,00
• Free entrance for the owners of Museum Membership and Torino Piemonte Card, as well as for children up to 12 years old. 
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The exhibition, which includes a hundred works, including oil paintings, watercolors, temperas, drawings and sophisticated fixès sous verre (oil miniatures on silk applied on glass), highlights one of the central themes of the artist’s research, the journey, undertaken across Italy during the 1820s and 30s, and reproduced through the representation of peculiarities of its monuments and landscapes.
Giovanni Migliara moved to Milan after working in Turin as a cabinetmaker, following the family tradition, and studied at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts, collaborating as a set designer in the theaters La Scala and Carcano. Since 1812 he participated in the annual exhibitions of the Academy, winning the approval of the critics and the favors of the Lombard and Italian customers.
The exhibition is divided into seven sections retracing chronologically the main stages of the painter’s artistic life: in the initial "CAPRICCI" AND FANTASY VIEWS, inspired by Canaletto and Guardi’s Venice, Migliara always kept the fantastic component, reworking it through the insertion of architectural and decorative elements, either imaginary or extrapolated from their original context.
In the POPULAR SCENES AND LANDSCAPES of the second section, Migliara was not only interested in the architectural and landscape aspects of his subjects, but also in their everyday life moments: these scenes are often animated by lively characters and emphasize a particular attention to the anthropological elements and a considerable sensitivity for the news or the habits (The charlatan Dulcamara selling the elixir | Il ciarlatano Dulcamara che vende l’elisir, 1837).
The third and fourth sections, THE INTERIORS OF CONVENTUAL BUILDINGS AND CHURCHES and HISTORICAL AND LITERARY COMPOSITIONS, are strongly influenced by the troubadour taste, which was enjoying great success in France, during the Napoleonic Empire and the Restoration. The narrative becomes even more imaginative and is elaborated through a careful perspective construction and a meticolous pictorial rendering, at that time called "to the Flemish".
The fifth section, HISTORY AND CHRONICLE OF TIME, shows how the artist was interested in the public events of his time (the four temperas commissioned by General Domenico Pino, representing the Milanese antibonapartist riots of 1814) and in the industrial innovations of the early nineteenth century (Mylius steam textile mill of Boffalora | La filanda a vapore Mylius di Boffalora, 1828).
The URBAN VIEWS AND TRAVEL ACROSS ITALY, of the sixth section, illustrate some of the main destinations touched by Migliara during his travels in Italy: the artist representes especially the buildings of worship, in particular the medieval churches, in harmony with the romantic taste of his time; then squares and streets, almost always populated by characters busy with their respective occupations, as in reality.
The ALBUMS, of the last section, tell in detail about his travels: in these precious notebooks the artist carefully reproduced everything he observed.
Giovanni Migliara, through the use of light that makes scenes more realistic and "natural" and through the use of some unmistakable innovations in perspective, was, therefore, an effective illustrator of the Italian cities and an attentive chronicler of his time.