The Rediscovery of a Masterpiece

Palazzo Fava , from 18/05/2020 to 10/01/2021

After a troubled journey home, the rediscovered masterpiece is finally ready to reveal itself.

From Monday 18 May, Palazzo Fava presents to the public the exhibition dedicated to one of the greatest masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance: the Griffoni Polyptych by Francesco del Cossa and Ercole de’ Roberti.

The culmination of over two years of work, this extraordinary event of world-wide resonance brings together in Bologna, for the first time in 300 years, the 16 original panels of the Griffoni Polyptych, thanks to the exceptional loans from nine international museums: National Gallery (London), Pinacoteca di Brera (Milan), Louvre (Paris), National Gallery of Art (Washington), Collezione Cagnola di Gazzada (Varese), Musei Vaticani (Roma), Pinacoteca Nazionale di Ferrara, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (Rotterdam), Collezione Vittorio Cini (Venezia).

The exhibition features two sections: one, The Griffoni Polyptych Reborn in Bologna, curated by Mauro Natale in collaboration with Cecilia Cavalca and with the support of Basilica di San Petronio, offers a unique opportunity to admire the original panels of the altarpiece up close. The other section, The Materiality of the Aura. New Technologies for Preservation, curated by Adam Lowe, Guendalina Damone and the Factum Foundation team, explores the work of Factum Foundation and the importance of new technologies for the preservation and diffusion of cultural heritage.

The first floor of Palazzo Fava exhibits the panels of the Griffoni Polyptych: the monumental altarpiece, dedicated to St Vincent Ferrer, was commissioned around 1470-1472 by Floriano Griffoni to the Ferrarese painter Francesco del Cossa, to embellish his family chapel in the Basilica of San Petronio in Bologna. This work marked the beginning of his collaboration with the younger Ercole de’ Roberti, forming one of the most impressive artistic partnerships of the late 15th century in Italy. The two painters were joined by the woodcarver Agostino de’ Marchi, who produced the now-lost frame of the Polyptych. In 1725, the altarpiece was dismembered by the new owner of the chapel, Monsignor Pompeo Aldrovandi: the painted panels entered the art market, before eventually reaching the nine international museums where they are currently housed.

On the second floor of Palazzo Fava, visitors will encounter the work of Factum Foundation. Since 2012, the Foundation has re-materialised the most important artworks of the past through the use of high-resolution recording and innovative digital technologies. The display offers a detailed glimpse into the conservation and sharing of cultural heritage, from the re-materialisation of the Griffoni Polyptych to the reconstruction of several lost artworks and documents. The digital scanning of the famous Lamentation over the Dead Christ by Niccolò dell’Arca, a unique example of Renaissance terracotta statuary preserved in the Church of Santa Maria della Vita, will also be shown to the public for the first time.

Reuniting the surviving panels of the Griffoni Polyptych for the first time in over 300 years, this exhibition holds special historical, artistic and cultural significance not just for the city of Bologna, but for the broader national and international public.

Your safety is our priority.

We have compiled a list of simple rules that will allow you to enjoy the beauty of the exhibition The Rediscovery of a Masterpiece in total tranquillity, moving comfortably around Palazzo Fava.

To find our safety guidelines and the precautionary measures adopted by Genus Bononiae. Musei della Città in compliance with the Decree of the Italian Prime Minister of May 17th 2020, no. 33, with effect from Monday 18 May, CLICK HERE.


Special thanks to
Main sponsor: Rekeep, Intesa Sanpaolo
Special partner: Termal
Sponsor: IMA, Polfil , L’Angelica, Hera, AON, Confindustria Emilia Centro
Sponsor Tecnico: Galleria Cavour, Cotabo

Opening Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 10.00 am - 8.30 pm until September 30th 2020

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 10.00 am - 8.30 pm since October 1st 2020


Palazzo Fava

via Manzoni 2, Bologna

Admission tickets

Open 18

Full price 15

Reduced price (1) 12

– Over 75 completed (presenting document);
– Journalists with a regular National Order card (professionals, practitioners, publicists)
– Visitors with disabilities;
– Affiliated companies (TPer)
– Police
– Exhibition “Monet e gli Impressionisti” ticket holder

Reduced price (2) 11

– Groups (reservations required min 10 max 20 people)
– Children from 11 to 18 years old;
– University students up to 26 years old with a badge;
– “Friends of the Cineteca” with their membership card;
– Exhibition “Ulisse. L’arte e il mito” ticket holder;

Reduced price (3) 10

– Groups with Genus Bononiae guide (reservations required min 10 max 20 visitors);
– Children from 6 to 11 years old;
– Ticket from another Genus Bononiae location;
– Culture Card;
– Bologna Welcome Card;

Free admission

– Children up to 5 years; – Group escorts (1 each group);
– Visiting teachers with pupils / students (2 each group);
– One companion for visitors with disabilities;
– Invitation coupon holders;
– Genus Bononiae Membership Card holders;
– Guides with badge;
– Journalists with a regular National Order card (request for accreditation by the editorial staff at the address

Booking and presale rights

– Group and individual rates, including Open ticket: € 1.80 per person
– Reduced rate for schools: € 1.00 per student

Radio guides for Compulsory Groups 30

Educational Services

  • At the moment there are no educational proposals of this kind