The Museum of PRECINEMA is also known as a museum of magic visions. Visitors like time travellers can apreciate a world without cinema or television when people enjoyed themself with Peep-Shows and Magic Lanterns projections.
The Museum of PRECINEMA in Padua is unique, not only amongst Italian museums but throughout the world. Founded in 1998 in a collaboration between Il Comune di Padova and the Minici Zotti Collection, this ‘Museum of Wonders’ is an interesting and unusual project that combines public and private interest.
In order to understand the quest for knowledge that led to the birth and worldwide diffusion the ‘visionary man’, and later to the creation of cinema, we must begin with the invention of projected motion pictures by the Lumière brothers and work backwards through the centuries. As we go back in time, we focus our attention on the history of machines for vision, as well as on another history - one that is more extensive and more difficult to define. This other history is of popular entertainment and optical spectacles, which, over the centuries, finally led to the invention of what we call the Cinematograph.
Palazzo Angeli, also know as Palazzo Bessarione-Memmo, is probably the most ancient building of Prato della Valle. It belongs to the 15th century but its shape reflects the restauration of the 18th century. Its story is quite unknow, it was the private house of Cardinale Bessarione and then of Andrea Memmo. Maybe the famous view of Prato della Valle by Canaletto has been drawn by an internal point of view of Palazzo Angeli.