Works by Luca Signorelli, Rosso Fiorentino, Pieter De Witte, Ghirlandaio
The Pinacoteca and Civic Museum in Volterra are home to works that detail the artistic vitality of the city, influenced by Florentine, Sienese and Pisan trends. The museum is located in Palazzo Minucci Solaini and conserves many masterpieces coming mostly from the nearby Badia Camaldolese. There are also important pieces that instead come from other collections, like the Conservatory of San Lino or the Spedali Riuniti.
Room by room, visitors will discover wooden statues, medieval ceramics, a rich medal collection and a large assortment of coins. Amongst the most famous paintings, there’s certainly the Deposition from the Cross by Rosso Fiorentino, an admirable example of Florentine Mannerism. Equally impressive are the polyptych by Taddeo di Bartolo from the early 1400s and an altarpiece by Ghirlandaio made for the Badia and commissioned by Lorenzo de’ Medici. Luca Signorelli is represented with a Madonna and Child with Saints and with an evocative panel painting depicting the Annunciation, characterized by the delicate gesture of the woman withdrawing from the angel’s view. The Flemmish painter Pieter De Witte’s presence in Italy is attested to here thanks to two works, one portraying a nativity scene and another the Lamentation of Christ.
Volterra has an unmistakable Medieval character, where the atmosphere of an ancient village can still be felt and whose authenticity is protected by the relative isolation that has limited the development of the city center in the industrial era, safeguarding the city from urban speculation. ...