Chiesa del Suffragio, San Casciano Val di Pesa

Museum of Sacred Art

A collection of liturgical objects, archaeological finds and models of homes

San Casciano in Val di Pesa
The museum is made up of the Church of the Intercession, and also includes some adjacent buildings. It is divided into three principal sections over the course of two floors and has eight viewing rooms. The museum is a state of the art structure, environmentally friendly and easily accessible. This is demonstrated by the removal of architectural barriers and the installation of a wide solar panel that transforms energy into heating during the winter months.

The museum was expanded and renovated during 2007/2008 and was inaugurated on September 20th, 2008. In addition to the already existing premises of the Church of Santa Maria del Gesu, later additions were incorporated into the structure. These are the archaeological hall and the hall for primitive dwellings. The first section consists of a rectangular courtroom within the church itself, where original works still exist. In the sacristy next to the church are gathered the most precious works. There is also a section dedicated to furniture and liturgical vestments.

The Sacred Art hall includes works by many renowned artists such as Lippo di Benivieri and his “Madonna with Child”, as well as paintings like the Cinquecento panel depicting San Rocco, St. Sebastian and St. Anthony attributed to Mestro di Tavernelle, the crowning of the Virgin by Neri di Bicci. In that same hall you will come across important 14th century panels with a gold background, most fascinating is the Madonna and Child by the Horne triptych Master; other works of similar subject matter are by Jacopo del casentino, Cenni di Francesco, and many others.

Among the many sacred vestments, one to be mentioned is the turible and five processional crosses dating from the fourteenth and fifteenth century, two chasubles of Florentine production executed between XV and XVI century and a fine eighteenth-century chasuble of French manufacture.

In the archaeological section you can engage in a reading of the oldest documents in the history of San Casciano Val di Pesa beginning with the world of the ancient Etruscan princes of the seventh century. B.C. depicted by monuments of fame such as the stele of the archer from the Etruscan tomb in Sant'Angelo, and materials such as ivory and bone objects from Calzaiolo. You can follow history’s course all the way to the world of the Romans, their villas and their everyday environment and quotidian objects.

The hall dedicated to different types of homes, ranging from the typical Chianti farmhouse to more primitive dwellings lets visitors in on cultures around the world and promotes the awareness of different kinds of buildings, dwellings, traditional habitats, all of which are accompanied by models built to scale, explanatory panels and documentary photographs. The hall is sponsored by the kind concession of the Department of design and the Faculty of Architecture of the city’s universities.
San Casciano in Val di Pesa
San Casciano in Val di Pesa is the first town to greet you in northern Chianti, a gateway leading to the land of vine-covered hills. The territory of the town, whose center is a delightful village perched on a hill, is scattered with small fortresses, churches and hamlets waiting to be discovered in the winding bends of the Chianti hills. ...