Museo Arte Sacra of San Casciano Val di PesaThe museum is in rooms belonging to the church of Santa Maria del Gesù in San Casciano in Val di Pesa, and the first section consists of the rectangular hall of the church itself, where the original works are still in place, including a Madonna and Child by Lippo di Benivieni from the second decade of the 14 C. Works from other places of worship in the area include: the wooden Crucifix in the apse, a 14 C Siennese work; a 16 C painting depicting San Rocco, San Sebastiano and Sant’Antonio Abate, attributed to the Master of Tavarnelle; and the Incoronation of the Virgin by Neri di Bicci. The finest works are in the sacristy adjoining the church, in particular two paintings from the church of San Vico l’Abate, early works of Italian figurative culture: the altar-frontal with St. Michael the Archangel, attributed to Coppo di Marcovaldo and dating to the mid-13 C, and the Madonna and Child by Ambrogio Lorenzetti, dated 1319.
In the same room, there are some fine gold-background 14 C panels including: the Madonna and Child by the Master of the Horne triptych; various works on the same subject by Jacopo del Casentino, Master Francesco, Cenni di Francesco, the Master of Sant’Jacopo a Mucciana; and a painted cross attributed to the Master of San Lucchese and produced at the beginning of the 15 C. In front of the steps leading to the upper floor there is a polychrome marble statue attributed to Gino Micheli and dating to 1341.
In the final room, given over to liturgical vestments, there is a thurible and five processional crosses dating from the 14 C -15 C, two chasubles of Florentine manufacture executed between the 15C and the 16C, and a fine 18 C French cope.
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Winter Sat 4.30 pm - 7 pm and Sunday plus public holidays 10 am - 12.30 pm and 4 pm - 7 pm
Summer Sat 5 pm - 7.30 pm and Sunday plus public holidays 10 am - 12.30 pm and 4.30 pm - 7.30 pm
Museo di Santa Maria sul Prato (della Misericordia) of San Casciano val di Pesa
This contains a fine collection of art works gathered over the course of time by the Compagnia della Misericordia and housed inside the church of Santa Maria sul Prato. The paintings worthy of note include three 14 C panels by Ugolino di Nerio depicting the Madonna and Child, St. Peter and St. Francis, and the Crucifix by Simone Martini. On the right wall of the church there is a marble pulpit from the middle of the 14 C, an important work by Giovanni di Balduccio.