The museum, named after the Thino sculptor Costantino Barbella, collects works of art dating from the 14th to the 20th century. Among the works exhibited, we note a detached fresco of the Sienese school, which depicts a Madonna and Child, the table with the Saint attributed to Francesco da Montereale and the preparatory drawing for the Massacre of the Innocents by Luca Giordano; in addition, the works of sixteenth-eighteenth-century landscape painters, by Raffaele Ferrara and Nicola De Laurentis, neoclassical Theatine artists, the works of Filippo Palizzi, Basilio Cascella and Paolo Michetti. The museum also has a collection of contemporary works from the various editions of the Premio Michetti (established in 1947). The collection of 16th and 18th century majolica, made by Castelli’s manufactures, is very important.
Address: Palazzo Martinetti Bianchi, Via C. De Lollis, 10 Chieti. Tel. 0871 330873. Visiting hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 9.00-13.00 and 16.00-19.00; Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 9.00 am-1.00 pm; every first Sunday of the month h 9.00-12.00; closed Monday and Sunday.