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BIG Verbania Space "BIG Emotion"

Art also overlooks Lake Maggiore

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Where is


Corso Tonolli, 42, 28922 Pallanza VB, Italia (200m s.l.m.)


What it is and where it is

Directly overlooking Lake Maggiore, amidst the reflections of the lake and the majesty of the mountains, is the BIG Verbania BIG Emotion Space. Its storefronts, set in the frame of an ancient palace, reflect the blue of the water from afar, but as they get closer they reveal artistic treasures of absolute beauty.

Why it is special

Inside the rooms you can admire a selection of works of the highest quality, allowing you to take a real journey through the history of art and civilizations: from the 7th century with some Cambodian and Indian sculptures to the 21st century with abstract and informal works played on the power of color. The layout changes periodically to introduce new works to the public.

Don't miss

Don't stop at the showcases! Inside the gallery are other rooms, not visible from the outside, that like precious caskets hide additional masterpieces of pictorial, sculptural, and textile art. In fact, one can see paintings by great painters such as Pieter Mulier known as Cavalier Tempesta, Francesco Tironi, Iacopo Chimenti da Empoli, Paolo De Matteis, Jacques Blanchard, Luca Giordano, Francesco Nenci, Eugenio Gignous, Gino Severini, Errò and Roberto Ciaccio.

A bit of history

Spazio BIG Verbania is the headquarters of Amalago - Association for the artistic and cultural promotion of Lake Maggiore, founded by Massimo Ciaccio together with Elena Croci, professor at the Brera Academy, and Giancarlo Lacchin, professor at the State University of Milan. The Association has as its purpose and vision the enhancement of the territory that lies between Piedmont, Lombardy and Switzerland and wants to be an artistic and cultural reference for anyone interested in Lake Maggiore, its natural beauty, art and culture, in any way expressed.


Welcoming you at the entrance is a monumental canvas depicting The Killing of Niobe's Children: the painting has recently been attributed to the painter Francesco Nenci, called "the Foscolo of painting," active between Neoclassicism and Romanticism. The subject depicted is taken from Greek mythology: Niobe, daughter of Tantalus, had married Amphion, King of Thebes, by whom she had 14 children. Proud of her numerous offspring of divine origin (Tantalus was the son of Zeus), Niobe considered herself superior to Latona, mother of Apollo and Artemis, so much so that she prevented their worship in her city. Latona's sons then killed all of Niobe's children to defend their mother's honor. The canvas shows the most excitable moment of the myth, in which Apollo and Artemis have already killed many of Niobe's sons and she, in the center, desperately tries to protect two maidens; her husband, on the right side, wracked with grief, takes his own life by stabbing himself with a sword.

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Among the mountains and reflections of Lake Maggiore, there are artistic works yet to be discovered: thus was born the idea of Spazio BIG Verbania, an exhibition center that offers the public a fine selection of works.


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