The “Giuliano Ghelli” Museum in San Casciano Val di Pesa is located inside the Church of Santa Maria del Gesù, or del Suffragio, and is made up of a sacred art section, an archaeological section and a section dedicated to primitive dwellings.
In the sacred art section, visitors can admire several works found in the churches around the area, like Saint Michael the Archangel and Stories of his Legend by Coppo di Marcovaldo, a masterpiece of Florentine paintings from the 13th century, but also Ambrogio Lorenzetti’s Madonna and Child from 1319.
There’s also the Madonna and Child by Lippo di Benivieni, a 16th-century painting which represents Saint Roch, Saint Sebastian and Saint Antonio, attributed to the Master of Tavernelle, and the Coronation of the Virgin by Neri di Bicci.
In the next room, there are other important 14th-century works with a gold background, like the Madonna and Child by the Master of the Horne Triptych and a painted cross by the Master of San Lucchese, which dates to the start of the 15th century.
In the archaeological section, there are artefacts found in San Casciano, beginning with the era of the Etruscans princes from the 7th century BCE, represented by monuments like the Stele of an archer – found in the Etruscan tomb of Sant’Angelo in Bibbione – and by materials like ivory and stone objects found in Calzaiolo, up to the Roman age, with tools that would have been used daily on display.
The section with the primitive dwellings at the end ranges from the typical country house in Chianti to primitive dwellings, giving information about cultures from around the world, with the aim of getting to know the wide variety of building techniques and traditional living conditions through the use of scaled models, informative screens and photographs of the era.