There are some wonderful paintings in this gallery, if you can find them. Unfortunately a large part of the collection is hung in the former barns of the Palazzo della Pilotta, and you have to be sure of turning up at the right time in order to be allowed escorted access. You must then search through acres of canvas, the worthy work of artists who are even unknown ("anonimo") in their own province, and of others whose name and fame have not stretched beyond the walls of Parma, in order to find the good things. They are there, but so also is the solitary guardian who is waiting for you so that she can lock up the barn again, and you are aware, as you peer at the poorly lit pictures, that she probably has to supervise another flock of art lovers in an hour or two, and it is unkind to keep her waiting too long. The whole experience, frankly, is depressing. Fortunately the excellent collection of Correggio and Parmigianino is accessible un-shepherded. For the rest, my advice would be to download the page of highlights on the Gallery website and take it with you as a guide. The sooner that Parma copies the excellent initiative of the Galleria Estense in Modena, and hands out a free leaflet depicting and describing the stars of the show, the better. And by the way, if you find a painting that you really like, by Correggio, Leonardo, Guercino, Canaletto, El Greco, Fra Angelico, Holbein, Cima, Bellotto, Zoffany (they're all there) and want to look for a reproduction, a postcard or even a fridge magnet, to take home, don't bother - there isn't even a shop!
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