From 04 April 2023 to 03 December 2023

On the bicentennial of the excavations in the Capitolium area, the Athenaeum of Brescia and Fondazione Brescia Musei are promoting an exhibition dedicated to Luigi Basiletti (1780-1859), the creator, promoter and director of the extraordinary archaeological campaign that culminated on July 20, 1826 with the discovery of the Winged Victory and then with the inauguration of the Museo patrio in 1830.

The exhibition

Curated by:
Roberta D’Adda, Bernardo Falconi, Francesca Morandini.

Edited by:
Roberta D’Adda, Bernardo Falconi, Francesca Morandini.

The exhibition is set up on the piano nobile of Palazzo Tosio, home of the University and the subject of recent restoration and enhancement work on part of the collection of Count Paolo Tosio, Basiletti’s close friend.

The sections of the exhibition trace the fascination exerted by antiquity on the young painter since his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna (1801-1803) and, above all, his first stay in Rome (1803-1809). The nucleus of documents relating to the excavations at the Capitolium, the Museo Patrio and finally the demanding publishing project of the Museo bresciano illustrato, conceived by Basiletti in 1826, will be extraordinary.

Paintings, drawings, engravings, notebooks, books, medals and archaeological finds make it possible to relive the aura of an artistic and archaeological season that was made unique for Brescia thanks to Luigi Basiletti, an absolute protagonist of the city’s cultural life in the Neoclassical age.

Setting up


From Tuesday 11 April to Sunday 3 December, the exhibition can be visited free of charge subject to prior booking of a guided tour.

Visiting Hours

Every Tuesday and Thursday at 3 p.m.

Every Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m. (on 17 September – 26 October – 26 November at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.)

On the occasion of the 2nd edition of the Weekend of the Lombardy 19th Century Network, on 23 and 24 September, extraordinary visits at 15:00, 16:00, 17:00.

For more information visit the Ateneo of Brescia website.