MUSEO DIOCESANO E GALLERIE DEL TIEPOLOThe “Diocesan Museum and Galleries of Tiepolo” is located in the Patriarchal Palace in Udine on 29 April 1995. Palace of eighteenth-century structure – though rests its roots in the fifteenth century – from 1593 to 1751 was the residence of the patriarchs of Aquileia and Today the archbishop.
The collection includes around 700 works, including the eighteenth century frescoes by Giambattista Tiepolo, who decorated the ceiling of the staircase of honor, Guest Gallery and the Red Room at the behest of Patriarch Dionisio Dolfin.

Tiepolo began decorating the ceiling of the staircase of honor. The fresco “Fall of the rebellious angels” dates back to 1726 and is a work of Baroque illusionism still surrounded eight monochrome depicting episodes from Genesis.

It is from this fresco by Tiepolo began collaborating with the patriarch Dolfin and continue with the decoration of the gallery of the guests present on the main floor. The narrative includes some of the most important steps for the Patriarch Dionysius of the three biblical figures Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The middle pane houses the fresco “Rachel hiding the idols,” a work full of suggestions in which you want to identify the portrait of Giambattista Tiepolo and perhaps even that of his son Giandomenico and his wife Cecilia.

Finally Tiepolo frescoed the ceiling of the Sala red representing “The Judgment of Solomon” (1729) by giving proof of his technical skill and perspective, depicting the colorful court of the king and the dramatic scene of the event threatened by the thug.

Also significant intervention of Giovanni da Udine, Palma il Giovane, Nicolò Bambini, etc.. An entire floor is dedicated to carving, arranged chronologically from the twelfth to the eighteenth century, which represents the highest artistic expression of sacred art in Friuli.

Of great artistic value is the library of the Patriarch Delfino, first public library in Udine, where you preserve precious volumes – illuminated manuscripts, incunabula, sixteenth, rare first editions.