San Paolo, Masaccio

The National Museum of Saint Matthew

Ceramics, Paintings and Pisan history


The museum currently houses monographic collections on medieval ceramics, Pisan painting from the 12th and 13th centuries (including a subsection dedicated to painted crosses) and to painting and sculpture of the 14th and 15th centuries. The medieval ceramics collection contains the richest set of ceramic basins used to decorate the outside walls of Pisan churches. Paintings from the 12th and 13th centuries are represented by the crosses painted by Berlinghiero Berlinghieri, Giunta di Capitino, also known as Giunta Pisano, the Tedice family and the Maestro di San Martino, all coming from the oldest churches in town. The key role played by illuminations is illustrated by the Bibbia di Calci, a bible from the Monastery of San Vito. Pisan sculpture of the 12th-15th centuries is represented by a beautiful polyptych by Simone Martini, formerly preserved in the Church of Santa Caterina d''Alessandria d''Egitto, and by a Nativity by Tino di Camaino, and the Madonna del Latte (Our Lady of Milk) by the brothers Andrea and Nino Pisano.

Also notable are a few wooden works by Francesco di Valdambrino and Agostino di Giovanni. Painting in the 14th and 15th centuries is exemplified by works by Francesco di Traino, Lippo Menni and Buonamico Buffalmacco (known for his fresco cycle in the Monumental Cemetery,) Spinello Aretino, Taddeo di Bartolo and other great painters of the period. More specifically linked with the 15th century are the works by much better known artists such as Masaccio (with his St. Paul), Gentile da Fabriano, Giovanni da Fiesole, known as Beato Angelico, Benozzo di Lese, known as Gozzoli, and Domenico Ghirlandaio. This section also preserves glazed terracottas by the Della Robbia school and Donatello''s bust-relic of St. Lussorio.


Source: Pisa APT


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