The starting point on the first floor is rappresented by a Totem where each collection of the MIC is presented through works which, for the most part, have been donated to the museum.
These important donation have contributed to make the museum unique in the world, it is the case of a significant group of italian majolica works donated by Paolo Mereghi.
Paolo Mereghi donation, an example of donation of a private collection.
The collection of majolica from 14th to 16th century follows. Elegant archaic ceramics decorated with cobalt blue, or green and brown glazes open the exhibition and testify the ancient tradition of Faenza, they are housed in the ancient convent of San Maglorio. In the central nave ceramics are exhibited in a chronological order offering examples of refined decoration and shapes from the Renaissance, closing with the well known “white of Faenza”, wonderful creations that determined the synonymy between the word majolica and Faïence. In the little rooms on the right ceramics are grouped in a typological order: ceramics for the chemistry, little sculptures, love vessels, istoriato plates richly decorated with scenes from mythology and holy bible.