The section dedicated to the frieze reveals its history and artistic aspects, with in-depth information on the glazed terracotta technique and on the other Della Robbia sculptures existing in the city and in the territory. The frieze is a Renaissance masterpiece by Santi Buglioni (1536-28), depicting the Seven Works of Mercy, with a final scene realized fifty years later by the painter Filippo di Lorenzo Paladini from Pistoia. The tondos and half-rounds, placed between the arches, are the work of the Della Robbia and depict scenes from the life of Mary and coats of arms.
The museum tour ends in the garden, where there is the small and elegant Teatrino Anatomico (1785-87), used for the study of anatomy and perfectly preserved today.
Inside the Ospedale del Ceppo, there is also the Museum of Pistoia Sotterranea, a real archaeological path that winds under Pistoia, to discover the most ancient architectural testimonies of the city.
Accessibility information: musei.comune.pistoia