Simoni Fè Palace
The structure is mostly nineteenth century, but also retains an older nucleus, developed in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries by a fourteenth-sixteenth century building.
The symmetrical three-storey façade features sandstone cornices and wrought-iron railings with circular elements.
On the façade of Via Contrizio there is a large votive fresco by Fiamminghino.
Inside, from a room covered by six cross vaults supported by twin columns you can reach the upper floors climbing a granite staircase surrounded by three large portraits narrating the deeds of Alexander the Great, while on the ceiling you can admire the fresco of the Vulcan God portrayed inside a cave, helped by the Cyclops forge rich armor and armor.
In the large hall on the first floor, you can access the terrace, observe the various furnishing components of the period and the paintings depicting the Simoni family.
At the center of the room there are several wooden statues of the Death of Christ, of the Annunciata and of the Archangel Gabriel dating back to 1400, (first located on the Colle della Maddalena and in the Santella delle "Pihìne").
On the ceiling there is a fresco depicting the Gloria del Tasso with Fame and Envy.
Continuing along the corridor, walk along the frescoes of two armed guards with the Simoni family crest on the head and access to the Art Gallery Morandini, a collection of more than 40 works in all the rooms of the building.
Inside you can admire several retractable frescoes: the panoramic view of the Borgo di Bienno, the snow-covered Colle della Maddalena, various natural and rural scenes of classic taste.
In one room of the Palace and inside the Municipal Library, there are three 17th century sandstone fireplaces on which the emblem of the Simoni family is placed.
The palace remained a noble residence until 1935 when, at the behest of Countess Paolina Fè D'Ostiani, it was used as a kindergarten and remained so until 2001, when for safety reasons it was abandoned.
After some years of occasional use, since 2012, the Palace has become a place of culture and hosts local artists and not with its own laboratories and exhibitions.
During 2013, the restoration of the second floor was completed and the entire complex is now being designed.
Since 2016, the building houses the gallery donated by Archbishop Morandini to the City freely visited on Saturday and Sunday, assisted by highly trained staff.
ARCHBISHOP MORANDINI GALLERY
The generosity of Monsignor Giovan Battista Morandini, and his desire to show love for his native country and its inhabitants, has allowed the Borgo di Bienno to take another step forward in the evolution of the project of the "Borgo degli Artisti" "To make the country a real" showcase of art ".
The religious has in fact decided to donate to the City, in early 2016, over 40 works of art now present in the Palazzo Simoni Fè.
Entering the rooms of the Palace the tourist will enter a sort of teleportation machine, succeeding in a few moments to visit first a corner of the east, then one of the west, passing from the African continent, etc ...
By visiting this exhibition you can open your horizons to discover new cultures and techniques, retracing in a few rooms the long spiritual and cultural journey made by the Archbishop during his religious and human journey.
Below is a brief thought by Monsignor Morandini on this gallery...
"Art collectors generally turn their attention to iconologies whose themes are specific and concern the landscape, the myth, the religious motif or something else.
My collection, on the other hand, is meant to be a testimony to emotions, states of mind, memories connected to the places we have passed through the many years of priestly mission, in a journey that has led me to know all the continents.
I imagined that the common thread of the collection was like the beads of the Rosary: these are generated by the Crucifix and return to it forming a magic chain; so the works on display underline my earthly walk from Valle Camonica to Valle Camonica.
The earth that generated me with the loving strength of my parents Peter and Anna Maria welcome me back.
I believe, therefore, that this gift to the Valley, in particular in Bienno, may be the best testimony of the love I bring to my people and to my land. "
Mons. Giovan Battista Morandini
Archbishop of Numida
SUMMER (From April 1st to October 31st):
Saturday: 15.00 - 17.30
Sunday: 9.30am - 12.00pm / 3.00pm - 5.30pm
WINTER (From November 1st to March 31st)
Opening on reservation
Directions: Piazza Benvenuto Mendeni