Sacred Art Museum

A precious museum in the heart of Tuscany

From Andrea di Giusto to Cenni di Francesco, passing through Filippo Lippi. A thousand years of history

The Sacred Art Museum in Montespertoli was inaugurated in 1996. The asset of works of art collected in the Museum comes from theparish church of San Pietro in Mercato and its diocese, but also from the churches of other two sub-dioceses (“pivieri” in italian) namely the ancient ecclesiastical groupings considered as autonomous historical-cultural realities.

The correspondence between a large part of the pivieri’s territory of and that of the current Municipality of Montespertoli, has led to arrange the works of art in the Museum based upon the pivieri: paintings, silverware and wooden furnishings coming from the same church are exhibited in the same room but, for conservation reasons (climate and light) given the fragility of the materials, a special section for vestments and manuscripts has been provided for.

The first room along the exhibition itinerary is the so-called lounge area , dedicated to the parish of San Pietro in Mercato. Here, alongside works from the parish church which are linked to its former patrons, the Machiavelli family, there are paintings, jewellery and furnishings from San Lorenzo in Montegufoni while under the patronage of the Acciaioli family (Madonna with Child by Lippo di Benivieni, a 13th-century gemellion (a liturgical plate), Roman silverware linked to Cardinal Niccolò Acciaioli), but also from small churches that have now disappeared.

The second room of the Museum, called “Green room” due to the color of the walls, is entirely dedicated to the churches of Santa Maria a Torre and San Bartolomeo a Tresanti, with paintings, silverware and furnishings from the seventeenth and eighteenth century.

The third room, called “Yellow room”, because of the color of the fake tapestry, exhibits the works from the parishes of Santa Maria a Coeli Aula and San Pancrazio, among which Madonna and Child by Filippo Lippi and a rare baptismal font in sculpted marble, from the mid-twelfth century, stand out.

The hall of vestments and manuscripts is a further testimony of this territory’s whealth and also of the Museum’s liveliness since in the year 2000 the collection has been enriched thanks to the purchase of a 1456 manuscript, Ritual for the blessing of the baptismal font on Holy Saturday , linked to Francesco Machiavelli.

The Museum of Sacred Art in Montespertoli . Proto Pisani RCR (edited by), Florence, 1995.

Emotions at the museum: Montespertoli’s sacred art museum . Accountants R., Zingoni, Pisa, 2001.


Museum of Sacred Art of Montespertoli
Via San Piero in Mercato, 233
50025 Montespertoli (FI)
+39 0571 600255
Opening times

from April 1st to October 30th
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays
10-13 and 17-19

from November 1st to March 31st
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays
10-12 and 15-17

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Ed. Polistampa
In the heart of Tuscany

Saturday in Art

While waiting to be able to reopen the doors of our museums, we take you to the discovery of some of the “treasures” kept inside the Museum of Sacred Art. We begin this “journey” from the splendid panel attributed to Filippo Lippi, “Madonna with child” and from the Church of Sant’Andrea in Botinaccio.

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Saturday in Art

In this video we present the Madonna and Child enthroned and the saints Antonio Abate and Giuliano Martire by Neri di Bicci, a panel present in the Museum of Sacred Art in Montespertoli.