The Papapier-mache

The Papapier-mache

The development of paper mache in Lecce goes hand up with the explosion of religious sentiment popular, emerged from the experience Baroque.

In “City church”, the brotherhoods and religious orders they are competing to honor their patron saints with spectacular processions, in which the statue of saint, especially ecstatic, must incardinate all aspects of local devotion.

Next the great sacred statuary, appears, therefore, that “Under bell”, which characterizes most part of exposure. Created to animate devotedly homes and places of family life, the saints in papier mache are works of great artistic value, leading handicraft Lecce develop processes shaping native.

Logo Pinacoteca new 1
The Franciscan Art Gallery "R. Caracciolo" of Lecce, was founded in 1968 by Father Egidio De Tommaso, in order to preserve, enhance and promote the pictorial heritage of the province as lesser of Salento.


The Franciscan Art Gallery is pleased to welcome you for guided tours by reservation.

Opening to the Public:
Thursday - Friday - Saturday from 16:00 to 19:00. Last entry half an hour before closing

All other days reservation.

Address: Via Imperatore Adriano, 79 - 73100 Lecce

Phone: +39 0832.455009





Site created with the funds for the redevelopment of the Museum System (Line of intervention 4.2 - Action 4.2.1 ERDF Puglia 2007/2013).