San Gimignano's Municipal Museum is located in the 13th century Palazzo del Popolo in the city's Piazza del Duomo. The visit begins in the Camera del Podestà which still preserves the 14th century frescoes by Memmo di Filipuccio and Azzo di Masetto presenting secular, hunting and tournament scenes.
The Sala Dante holds the marvellous Maestà of Lippo Memmi based on the work of the same subject by the artist's brother-in-law, Simone Martini, in the Palazzo Pubblico in Siena.
The painting gallery gathers examples of the key moments in the artistic history of San Gimignano. From the presence of the Florentines (Coppo di Marcovaldo, Azzo di Masetto) and Sienese (Rinaldo) in the second half of the 1200s, to the great Sienese movement of the second half of the 1300s (Memmo di Filippuccio, Lippo Memmi, Niccolò di Ser Sozzo); from the alternation of Florentine and Sienese artists at the turn of the 15th century (Taddeo di Bartolo, Lorenzo di Niccolò, the Master of 1419), to the definitive prevalence of the Florentines (Filippino Lippi, Benozzo Gozzoli, Sebastiano Mainardi) which led to the Renaissance renewal in San Gimignano; to the summit reached by Pinturicchio's altarpiece of 1511.
The tour ends at the Tower, erected in 1300 and the tallest in the town, offering a unique, unforgettable panoramic view.
Source: Province of Siena