DISCOVER the wooden sculpture
The wooden sculptures’ collection is displayed on the first floor of the palace. The items come mainly from churches of the Archdiocese of Udine. The collection is divided into six rooms which correspond to the main phases of wood sculpting in Friuli, from the 13th to the 18th century.
The first room is devoted to the Romanesque and Gothic period; here the statue of Saint Euphemia stands out, with its refined elegance, sculpted around 1350. The second room is devoted to the Early Renaissance and houses another important masterpiece from the workshop of Domenico da Tolmezzo: a Pala d’altare (altarpiece) from 1488 which testifies to his extraordinary mastery.
In the third room the sculptures depict the wooden art of Renaissance summarized in the features of the statue of the Redentore (Saviour) by Giovanni Martini.
The flourishing season of Renaissance stretches as far as the 17th century, though softened in mannerist features well depicted in the fourth room devoted to Mannerist sculptures. The excited expression on the faces, the almost theatrical gesticulate expressiveness and the liveliness of draperies reflect the features of the sculptures displayed in the fifth room, the Baroque room.
Finally the last room is devoted to Rococo style, the last expression of the great season of wood sculpture in Friuli.