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Museo d'arte sacra Masaccio, Reggello

San Giovenale spotlights Masaccio

Reggello hosts San Pietro a Cascia

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The hamlet of San Pietro a Cascia is considered a masterpiece of Romanic architecture in Tuscany. The church—first mentioned in the XII century—underwent various reconstruction processes throughout the centuries before undergoing its last restoration in the 1970s, which restored it to the splendor of its original Romanic style. The hamlet’s painting gallery was inaugurated during celebrations commemorating the hundredth anniversary of Masaccio’s birth and it was created as a didactic center dedicated to Massacio and the territory’s historical and artistic heritage. It includes a room dedicated to documentation regarding the triptych of San Giovenale, one of Masaccio’s early works, conserved in the adjacent hamlet.

The complex also hosts other paintings, wall-hangings, sculptures and gold works which testify to the historical value of the hamlet and other churches located throughout the Ruggello area. One of its most noteworthy rooms hosts ancient furniture which re-creates the atmosphere of the hamlet’s old studio. There, visitors can see documents and photographs illustrating the area’s history and view an interesting series of portraits depicting the chaplains who served in the hamlet from the XVII to the XIX centuries.The museum hosts several paintings which once hung above sixteenth century altars; these were removed from their original settings in the 1970s along with other objects from neighboring churches, with the intent of providing improved conservation conditions.

The museum holds various paintings from the school of Ghirlandiao, Danti di Tito, Alessandro Allori, Jacopo Vignali and Ignazio Hugford, in addition to a beautiful series of gold objects and liturgical hangings. The hamlet’s main attraction is not located in the museum, however. In fact, the triptych of San Giovenale—attributed to Masaccio and dated April 23, 1422—can be seen in the adjacent hamlet. Said work was discovered by Luciano Berti in 1961 in the small church of San Giovenale, not far from Cascia. In 1988, it was transferred to the hamlet for conservation reasons.

Info: museomasaccio.it
Villas, castles and the Vallombrosa Abbey
Reggello is at an altitude of 390m and has a population of around 14 thousand inhabitants. There are many villas and castles nearby. The area is famous for the Vallombrosa Abbey and the Olive Oil exhibition that is held there. Reggello was home to one of the oldest known Etruscan settlements, probably chosen for its position on an old road that connected Fiesole and Arezzo. ...