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Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art in Volterra

A splendid collection of artworks coming from the territory is housed in the Church of Sant’Agostino

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The Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art in Volterra is located inside the Church of Sant’Agostino and conserves works of art coming from the Cathedral Basilica, churches in the city and other religious institutions in the diocese.

Amongst the most important works on display, we find the bust of St. Victor (12th century), a reliquary donated by Pope Callixtus II in 1120 to the Bishop of Volterra, a painted wooden crucifix from the 13th century and an alabaster holy water font dating to the 1500s.

We can’t forget the glazed terracotta bust of St. Linus, the second pope and patron saint of Volterra, made by Giovanni della Robbia in 1521, and the Madonna delle Grazie by Neri di Bicci (1451), coming from the Church of San Giusto.

The Villamagna Altarpiece by Rosso Fiorentino
The Villamagna Altarpiece by Rosso Fiorentino

The museum also conserves the Villamagna Altarpiece by Rosso Fiorentino (1521) coming from the parish church in Villamagna, depicting the Virgin and Child with St. John the Baptist and St. Bartholomew.

Lastly, the 15th-century silver cross attributed to Antonio del Pollaiolo is splendid; the same artist also made the reliquary bust of St. Ottaviano.

Info: cattedralevolterra.it

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