Museo Nazionale di San Matteo : Michelin's recommendations
The museum's collections, spread around the cloister of the old St Matthew's convent, are rich in paintings and sculptures coming from churches and convents in Pisa. They are evidence of the artistic effervescence in Pisa from the 13C to the 15C.The important ceramics collections are a reminder that Pisa was a creative centre. Studios in Pisa succeeded in making their ceramics waterproof from the middle of the 13C and ceramics were used here in an original way in the architectural ornamentation of churches. In the upper gallery of the cloister, you can walk through the history of painting in Pisa: large crucifixes characteristic of the 12C and 13C, all imbued with the Byzantine style, and in which one can see the expressive talent of Giunta Pisano. The 14C shows the opening of Pisa artists to new trends, with especially Francesco di Traiano, influenced by Simone Martini of Siena, and also by Giotto. Sculpture in the period is dominated by Andrea Pisano and his son. From the 15C, the Florentine influence made itself felt, artists from the Tuscan capital came to work in Pisa: works by Gentile da Fabriano, Masaccio, Michelozzo, Fra Angelico are evidence of this period along with the sculptures of natural grandeur in multicoloured and gilded wood by Francesco di Valdambrino.
- Address : P.za atteo 1 I - 56127 Pisa56127Pisa
- Phone : 050 541865
- Prices : 5 €
Opening hours :
- 9am-7pm, Sun and Bank Hols 9am-1pm - closed Mon, 1 Jan, 1 May, 25 Dec