MUTSEU: St Eulalia’s Treasures

Museum of the Treasury of St Eulalia, Museo del Tesoro Sant’Eulalia, Cagliari, Sardinia

One of the most interesting things about visiting Cagliari, for me, was the fact that a lot of the precious objects created for churches are still in, or very close to, those churches.  This made visiting their associated museums quite fascinating, in that you are getting to view the items almost in situ, and can easily imagine how richly decorated the churches used to be, before the need for conservation and protection forced the removal of the most precious objects to more secure locations.  You appreciate the amount of money they must have had to get some of the works they did – whether expensively embroidered vestments or sensitively painted polychrome statues, they have some marvellous items.

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Detail of the Vestment, 18th century, Saint Eulalia Treasury Museum, Cagliari, Sardinia

Vestement, 18th century, Saint Eulalia Treasury Museum, Cagliari, Sardinia

Vestment, 18th century, Saint Eulalia Treasury Museum, Cagliari, Sardinia

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Floral vestment, 17th century, Genoan manufacture, Saint Eulalia Treasury Museum, Cagliari, Sardinia

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Detail of an angel on the Floral vestment, 17th century, Genoan manufacture, Saint Eulalia Treasury Museum, Cagliari, Sardinia

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Detail of the flowers on the Floral vestment, 17th century, Genoan manufacture, Saint Eulalia Treasury Museum, Cagliari, Sardinia

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Fragments from the funerary monument of Bernardo Dugoni, 1802, from the church of St Lucia, Saint Eulalia Treasury Museum, Cagliari, Sardinia. As a benefactor of this old church, Dugoni got special permission from the pope to be buried in it. The church was largely destroyed during the bombardments of 1943.

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Fragments from the funerary monument of Bernardo Dugoni, 1802, from the church of St Lucia, Saint Eulalia Treasury Museum, Cagliari, Sardinia.

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Madonna and Child, perhaps the central panel of a 14th century triptych, cut down to its present size in the 18th century, Saint Eulalia Treasury Museum, Cagliari, Sardinia. Probably produced in a Tuscan workshop, it was largely repainted in Sardinia, perhaps by Cavaro, in the 1500s – specifically, the face of the Child and the hand of the Virgin can be dated to this period.

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Detail from the Madonna and Child, perhaps the central panel of a 14th century triptych, cut down to its present size in the 18th century, Saint Eulalia Treasury Museum, Cagliari, Sardinia.

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Sunburst monstrance, 1790, Genoan workshop, Saint Eulalia Treasury Museum, Cagliari, Sardinia

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Sunburst monstrance, 1790, Genoan workshop, Saint Eulalia Treasury Museum, Cagliari, Sardinia

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Sunburst monstrance, 1790, Genoan workshop, Saint Eulalia Treasury Museum, Cagliari, Sardinia

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Processional Cross, 18th century, Saint Eulalia Treasury Museum, Cagliari, Sardinia

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Processional Cross, 18th century, Saint Eulalia Treasury Museum, Cagliari, Sardinia

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Processional Cross, 18th century, Saint Eulalia Treasury Museum, Cagliari, Sardinia

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Cope, made with silk from Tours but perhaps manufactured in Genoa, late 17th century, Saint Eulalia Treasury Museum, Cagliari, Sardinia. It is embroidered with the coat of arms of the Zappata family and the confraternity of Santo Sepolcro.

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Detail from the cope, made with silk from Tours but perhaps manufactured in Genoa, late 17th century, Saint Eulalia Treasury Museum, Cagliari, Sardinia. It is embroidered with the coat of arms of the Zappata family and the confraternity of Santo Sepolcro.

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Christ at the Column, 17th century, Saint Eulalia Treasury Museum, Cagliari, Sardinia

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Christ at the Column, 17th century, Saint Eulalia Treasury Museum, Cagliari, Sardinia

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Silver canopy on a wooden support, 1817, Genoa, Saint Eulalia Treasury Museum, Cagliari, Sardinia

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Silver canopy on a wooden support, 1817, Genoa, Saint Eulalia Treasury Museum, Cagliari, Sardinia

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Silver canopy on a wooden support, 1817, Genoa, Saint Eulalia Treasury Museum, Cagliari, Sardinia

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Silver canopy on a wooden support, 1817, Genoa, Saint Eulalia Treasury Museum, Cagliari, Sardinia

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Dormition of the Virgin, “Donation to the Parish by the young Bianca Maria Caria, born 6.8.99”, Saint Eulalia Treasury Museum, Cagliari, Sardinia

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Crown of the Statue of St Lucy, 19th century, votive plaques and martyrs’ palms, Sardinian workshop, Saint Eulalia Treasury Museum, Cagliari, Sardinia

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Polychrome wooden figure from a Lamentation, 17th century. Saint Eulalia Treasury Museum, Cagliari, Sardinia

Regina Angelorum, Saint Eulalia Treasury Museum, Cagliari, Sardinia

Regina Angelorum, Saint Eulalia Treasury Museum, Cagliari, Sardinia

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St John Nepomuck, 18th century, workshop of Lonis, Saint Eulalia Treasury Museum, Cagliari, Sardinia

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Detail of St John Nepomuck, 18th century, workshop of Lonis, Saint Eulalia Treasury Museum, Cagliari, Sardinia

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Madonna of the Abbandonati, 16th/17th century, Saint Eulalia Treasury Museum, Cagliari, Sardinia

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Detail of the Madonna of the Abbandonati, 16th/17th century, Saint Eulalia Treasury Museum, Cagliari, Sardinia

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Donna Abelanna Lopez, daughter of the Viceroy Antonio Lopez de Ayala, attributed to Giuseppe Deris, late 17th century, Saint Eulalia Treasury Museum, Cagliari, Sardinia. This and three other family portraits were formerly in a chapel in Santo Sepolcro, which was built to house a statue of the Pieta to which the Spanish governor attributed the miraculous recovery of his daughter from an illness.

So In Summary

It is interesting to see the treasures of this small church in Cagliari.  For a start, it’s wonderful that they still have them, but it’s also great to know that the objects you see have a direct connection with the site you’re standing in.  An absolute must see?  No.  Honestly, we only took as long as we did because we were in a reflective mood – other visitors literally walked around at a quick pace around us and left.

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