Museo Civico Ala Ponzone, Cremona

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Museo Civico Ala Ponzone is a public museum and art gallery located in the 16th-century Palazzo Affaitati in Cremona, Italy.

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The core of the original collection was donated in 1842 by Giuseppe Sigismondo Ala Ponzone and supplemented from works from suppressed ecclesiastical institutions. Among the works in the collection are a St Francis of Assisi in Meditation by Caravaggio and L'ortolano by Giuseppe Arcimboldi.

In the Sala del Platina, a section in the museum, the large Sacristy armoire or cabinet, called the Armadio del Platina, originally from the Cremona Cathedral. The Renaissance-style wood cabinet has a series of intarsia tableuxs, completed during 1477-1480 by the Giovanni Maria da Piadena, called il Platina, and restored for this museum in 2007.

The museum also houses historic musical instruments, with the nucleus being a collection donated by Carlo Alberto Carutti.

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