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The Collections

The collections reflect the nature of the house-museum of a personality - Vincenzo Vela - heavily involved in the events of his time as an artist and a patriot.


Plaster cast collection

The main collection of the museum is constituted by the extensive ensemble of original plaster models of almost all sculptures realised by Vela.

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The Painting Gallery

Comprised of the private collections of the three Velas, it contains remarkable works by Lombard and Piedmontese artists from the second half of the nineteenth century.

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Graphical works

The museum presents over a thousand sheets (autograph drawings, academic sketches, preparatory studies) made by Vela and his contemporaries.

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The oldest photography collection in Ticino and the first one of the Confederation, containing approximately one thousand pieces of considerable value.

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The library

Collections, literary works, historical biographies, periodicals and art volumes belonging to the family Vela.