The collection, which is currently housed in the former Palazzo dei Priori
, was put together in 1995 after the merger of the Civic Museum and the Museum of Religious Art.The collection covers the history of art in the Elsa Valley from the 6th century to the 20th century. One of the oldest pieces of medieval art is the large painting of the Maestà, from Badia a Isola (near Monteriggioni
), a skillful and beautiful work by an unknown artist from the Siena area (the so-called 'Badia a Isola Master'), who was active at the end of the 13th century and who belonged to the small circle of Duccio di Buoninsegna
. This artist introduced important innovations in his work, thanks to contact with the works of Cimabue and of the young Giotto.
There is also a very interesting and very rare set of silver Eucharist items (four cups, a plate and a spoon) which were found by chance buried underground in the area of Pian dei Campi. These items prove the existence of a Christian community of Ostrogoths
, in the 6th century AD, linked to the church of Sant'Andrea in Galognano
.As for sculpture, an early fourteenth century polychrome wooden crucifix by the great Marco Romano is of particular significance. In addition, the Museum houses a rich collection of paintings from the 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, which include works by the following painters from the Siena area: Alessandro Casolani, Ventura Salimbeni, Sebastiano Folli, and Bernardino Mei. There are also works by Pier Dandini, from Florence, Spadarino from Rome, and local artists Antonio Salvetti, Vittorio Meoni, Ferruccio Manganelli, and Mino Maccari.
Via del Castello, 33
Palazzo dei Priori
Colle di Val d'Elsa (Siena)
tel +39 0577 923.888
Opening hours in summer (1 May - 30 September):
from Tuesday to Sunday and holidays 10.30am - 12.30pm / 4.30pm - 7.30pm
Closed on Mondays
Opening hours in winter (1 October - 30 April):
from Tuesday to Friday 3.30pm - 5.30pm
Holidays 10.30am - 12.30pm / 3.30pm - 6.30pm
Closed on Mondays
full price €3,00
single ticket for all 3 municipal Museums: full price €6,00
for family groups (min 3 people), 1 ticket is free.