Museo della Collegiata di Sant'Andrea, Empoli

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  • Empoli is best known for being the city of Farinata degli Uberti, but his small gallery just around the Collegiate Church of St Andrea, the poses of law to world attention. Works by masters to the most unknown and known only to us specialists and is also why I wanted to write this review, to allow the general public to these so called minor artists (but not minor!). A Florentine Madonna del latte by an unknown artist, from the beginning of the 16th century, welcomes visitors with its deep look like to welcome him. It is a detached fresco from the Benedictine monastery of the Holy Cross. Who would not want to be baptized next to the baptismal font of Bernardo Rossellino and dating back to 1447, the visitor meets a little further? You can head outside (the door opens with difficulty ...) where in the Loggia there are interesting works including a father blessing of Andrea della Robbia polychrome glazed earthenware. Back inside, one of the so-called lesser authors (because you appointment shortly, that's all, but talented Superfine) is Mariotto di Nardo, which is known only from 1393 to 1424, with his Madonna and child, a table dated 1393. Another painter-even-is conventionally called ' anonymous pistoiese, which is credited with a Madonna and child with Saints Francis, John the Baptist, Andrea e Antonio abate: in Moses, David, Solomon and Jeremiah, cusps, dated approximately to the years between 1320 and 1330 and from the Collegiate Church of s. Andrea. Remarkable triptych by Niccolò di Pietro Gerini with Madonna and child between Saints (for reasons of space I have to hover over the names ...) and the crucifixion by Lorenzo di Bicci, tempera on wood from the Church of Santo Stefano to the Augustinians, whose drama is perceived by the desperate, clinging to the cross in an extreme Act of devotion to the Redeemer : gorgeous golden background! Another artist ' little known ' is Ambrogio di Baldese that took maybe-bad luck (so to speak ... of course) to be born in the city of Florence, where was the has a Madonna of the milk from your face soft and dated 1380-85. Agnolo Gaddi, Taddeo's father (the most deserving among the disciples of Giotto) is author of this Virgin and child, with Saints Anthony Abbot, Catherine, Jerome and John the Baptist: the cusps, announcing Angel and Virgin announced. The predella, survive-unfortunately-in precarious conditions, view anyway pietà between the Virgin, Saint John the Evangelist, Saint Lucia and Santa Barbara and two other Saints and is dated to the years around 1390. The most ' attractive ' is the one dedicated to Botticini, father and son. It begins with the Tabernacle of San Sebastiano, of about 1476, carved marble, tempera on wood, inlaid wood and gold, coming also (like many other artworks) from collegiate. It was commissioned by Calixto, mother and son, in memory of their relatives died of plague in 1476 (that's why the dating varies between those years) and then the SUBLIME Annunciation by Francesco Botticini, about 1480, with the incomparable beauty of the Virgin's face in contemplation at the news received: can the richly decorated robe, which in itself constitutes a masterpiece in the masterpiece! Raphael Botticini, son of this Father is not far behind in his St Sebastian, coming always from the collegiate church and dated around 1500. The Tabernacle of the sacrament, joint work of father and son, also from the collegiate church, commissioned to Francesco in 1484 and finished in 1491, was then submitted to the judgment of distinguished teachers, including Domenico Ghirlandaio and Neri di Bicci and placed on the high altar of the Temple of Empoli. In 1506 there was a further work of Raphael son to complete-perhaps-some unfinished part. Jacopo del Sellaio appears with his adoration of the child with Saint John and then the one by yours truly defines the Madonna ' winking ', for his intense gaze that is given by Pierfrancesco fiorentino, documented between 1474 and 1497, an enthroned Madonna and child, between the various Saints. The golden background and outline of the robe and the aureole, give full brightness to the whole painting, also the collegiate church. Then Neri di Bicci, with his enthroned Madonna and child with Saints and donor in bass, the collegiate church and a sublime work of Filippo Lippi, a Madonna enthroned between angels and saints and two triptychs by Lorenzo Monaco, where the figures, from the vibrant chromaticism, showing a typical fluency of the works that are similar to those which were the typical characters of the International Gothic Lorenzo, style in which he excelled. Finally the usual sore due to the indifference of some ...: the altarpiece of Masolino da Panicale (one of the most significant works of this Museum) depicting the Pietà was lent in Florence, at the ongoing exhibition at Palazzo Strozzi: I don't think I saw a sign that alerts customers of this ... I find it disrespectful towards normal visitor and even more so to us scholars that this is Italy's DIY you ... and we had to blame bureaucracy to study and spend a lot of money on trips to increase humbly our cultural background ... ... we continue to hurt yourself ... don't know where this will lead!
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  • It is a small museum with major works including a fresco by Masolino and a painting by Filippo Lippi. Houses works from 1200 in an architectural context of great harmony. Located in the historic centre of Empoli next to the collegiate church which has a façade in Romanesque style Florentine, really nice-well worth a visit, the place is not very crowded, so you have the chance to enjoy it all with plenty of tranquility '
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  • On a Sunday afternoon we decided to visit our City Museum ... it was a nice surprise, a few pieces but interesting. Competent and very helpful staff escorted us to visit, satisfying the curiosity of children.
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  • Some stunning 14th and 15th century Tuscan paintings. A hidden gem.
  • The Museum of the Collegiate Church of Empoli was invented in the mid-19th century and is therefore one of the oldest ecclesiastical museums of Italy. The works are arranged according to a political science-scientific. The Baptistry, where they gathered all the frescoes in the Museum (including the masterpiece by Masolino depicting Christ in Mercy) and was carved the impressive baptismal font attributed to Bernardo Rossellino, you pass in the second room designed for sculptures. The Gallery is housed on the upper floor, where the paintings are arranged chronologically. The third Hall brings together the older works, from altarpiece of the anonymous artist from Pistoia named master of 1336 to interesting products of the Florentine workshops, active between the late 14th and early 15th century. In the fourth room displays works fully with fifteenth-century masterpieces like the two triptychs of Lorenzo Monaco and little Majesty of Filippo Lippi. In the fifth Hall, next to the Tabernacle of San Sebastiano di Francesco Botticini and Antonio Rossellino, gathered all the works of Botticini, whose workshop was active until the early decades of the sixteenth century. In the living room, dominated by the Tabernacle of the sacrament of Francis and Raphael Botticini, tardoquattrocentesche, and other works finally follow those already in the seventeenth century.
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  • Empoli is hardly a cultural or tourist destination although it may find unexpected treasures is the collegiate church is in nearby Pontorme, the birthplace to Jacopo da Pontormo. If you are in the area worth visiting. Even Bill Viola was inspired by the Pietà by Masolino.
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  • Ancient works and significant, especially religious perspective.
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