Walking up the majestic Scala della Ragione stairway – just beside Piazza Erbe – you will reach the Galleria di Arte Moderna, open to the public starting in 2014 after an extensive restoration of the medieval structure. Over 150 works of art are hosted by its spacious halls, including paintings and sculptures by artists the likes of Francesco Hayez, Medardo Rosso, Giovanni Fattori, Angelo Morbelli, Felice Casorati, Arturo Martini, Emilio Vedova, Renato Birolli, Afro and Tancredi Parmeggiani.
Inspired by the ideals and metaphors of the Risorgimento, all the way to the abstract and aniconic experimentation of the post-war period, the visitor is captured in an involving and exciting creative path encompassing the period from 1830 to 1960: vibrant works, sometimes anguished but always expressive and evocative, are scattered across the gigantic rooms, and will fail not to touch and engage the viewer.
The visitor will feel a strong sense of surprise and marvel when moving from the austere environment of the first floor to the Cappella dei Notai (chapel of the notaries public), a chapel embedded in the museum path: its original 400s structure was lost due to collapses and fires, but the incredible decorative cycle is immaculate. It was realized in the Renaissance period, between the end of the 1600s and the beginning of the 1700s, by Alessandro Marchesini (1663-1738), Sante Prunati (1656-1728), Giambattista Bellotti (1667-1730) and Louis Dorigny (1654-1742). The decorations develop along the architectural and sculptural outline of the chapel, occupying every possible surface available, with images of the St. Zeno (patron saint of Verona) and St. Daniel (patron saint of Notaries Public), along with episodes based upon the Old and New Testaments.