Housed in the splendid 18th-century Palazzo San Francesco, in the homonymous piazza, MAT (Museo dell’Alto Tavoliere) is San Severo's municipal museum. It features a large archaeological collection and an art gallery.
The museum's archaeological artefacts, comprising both donations and pieces unearthed by the local chapter of the Archeoclub d’Italia, illustrate the history of the surrounding area from Prehistoric times to the Middle Ages. In particular, finds from local excavations chart the various historical phases of the ancient population of Daunia. There are also many ancient Hellenistic pieces from the necropolis of Masseria Casone (farmstead) and Pendicone.
The MAT’s Pinacoteca (Picture Gallery), named after Luigi Schingo (1891-1976), displays works of modern art, including masterpieces by the maestro from San Severo.
The archaeological collection's oldest artefacts date to the Lower Palaeolithic period. The Iron Age is represented by objects found in nearby Guadone, while the museum's Hellenistic artefacts come from Casone and Pendicone.
The museum also houses the Pinacoteca Luigi Schingo, an art gallery with 37 modern works including paintings, sculptures, studies, and drawings by the maestro from San Severo.
Exhibits from the Hellenistic era include various grave goods from the necropolises of Pendicone and Masseria Casone (4th and 3rd centuries B.C.). Representing the Roman period are Imperial-age oil lamps with glass receptacles and vases in red terra sigillata.
Piazza San Francesco d'Assisi 48 71016 San Severo +390882339611
Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Open around the clock
Free entry for everyone
Convention Hall, Educational Activities, Groups Reception, Guided Tours, Merchandising , Toilet Facilities and Showers
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