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Sacred Art Museum's exterior
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The Sacred Art Museum of Massa Marittima

Paintings, sculptures and sacred vestments from the XIII-XIV centuries

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Massa Marittima
Corso A. Diaz, 36 Massa Marittima
The Sacred Art Museum is housed in the convent of San Pietro all’Orto, built by the Augustinians in the fourteenth century; it is adjacent to the church that dates back to the XII-XIII centuries and overlooks a beautiful cloister featuring the columns and capitals that characterized the original structure. The museum was established thanks to an agreement between the Municipality, the Superintendent’s office and local parishes. Their mission is to protect and promote religious works of art produced during Massa Marittima’s most important artistic-historical period, which went from the thirteenth to the sixteenth centuries.
Some statues inside the Sacred Art Museum
Some statues inside the Sacred Art Museum - Credit: Sailko

During this time, the city generated great wealth due to the mining industry that developed in the Colline Metallifere hills. One can see the cultural and artistic influence of artists from Pisa and Siena, such as Giovanni Pisano, Ambrogio Lorenzetti and Gano di Fazio. The objects that make up the museum’s collection come from various religious buildings located throughout in the city. Some artworks have been provided by local parishes while others, like the ‘Maestà’ by Ambrogio Lorenzetti, belong to the city.

San Pietro all'Orto's cloister
San Pietro all'Orto's cloister - Credit: GiuliaDepau28

This painting, created as an altarpiece for the church of San Pietro all’Orto was rediscovered in the monastery’s cellars during the late nineteenth century and identified as a work by Lorenzetti thanks to writings by Vasari. A room in the museum hosts the reconstruction of a loggia from the Duomo’s facade with original sculptures by Giovanni Pisano, removed during their restoration in 2000. In another room, one can find interesting medieval relief works, placed on the Duomo’s counter facade in the mid-nineteenth century. These probably came from a more ancient sacred building.

Massa Marittima
Nestled on a high and isolated hill, Massa Marittima’s beautiful historic city center is enclosed and protected by the well-preserved city walls, representing one of the most important urbanistic-architectural complexes in all of Tuscany. ...