The Mudas, Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art of Arezzo, is housed inside the Bishop's Palace and preserves artwork from the Arezzo diocese, the cathedral and other churches in the area.
The rooms house pictorial works from the 15th to the 19th century, including 16th-century frescoes by painter Teofilo Torri. But among the treasures preserved here, the extraordinary collection of precious goldsmithing and sacred vestments, including the famous Peace of Siena, is surprising. This work, of French manufacture in gold, enamels, precious stones and pearls, was donated in the 15th century by Pope Pius II Piccolomini to the Cathedral of Siena and later passed to that of Arezzo, the Cathedral of Saints Donato and Pietro.
Notable for their importance among the works on display are the large 13th-century wooden crucifixes, the panel with the Annunciation by Andrea di Nerio, detached frescoes by Spinello Aretino, two paintings by Bartolomeo della Gatta, and several works by Giorgio Vasari, including two canvases depicting the Preaching of the Baptist and the Baptism of Jesus. To learn more about Vasari's relationship with the city of Arezzo and admire other extraordinary works by the eclectic artist, the Casa Vasari Museum is not to be missed.
Next to the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art, in addition to the aforementioned cathedral, there is also the Palazzo dei Priori, a jewel of architecture from the first half of the 14th century that is still used today as the seat of the Municipality of the city of Arezzo.
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