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“Small museum, but worth a visit”
Review of Museo Diocesano

Museo Diocesano
Ranked #6 of 57 things to do in Cortona
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Located in the Chiesa del Buon Gesù (church,) this museum features the notable Cortona Altarpiece, which consists of the Annunciation (1428-32) and six small predella pictures.
Reviewed 27 October 2013

It's a really small museum concentrating on religious art. The most famous piece in it is the Annunciation, but I found the small chapel underneath to be more interesting. There are a lot of stairs going down, but worth the climb.

Thank Zelda_of_Arel
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Reviewed 23 October 2013

The Museo Diocesano in Cortona- located adjacent to the Duomo- is a little gem of an art museum. Being based in Cortona during the Summer, I never tire of the amazing Italian art on offer here. Fra Angelico's 'Annunciation' is a particular favourite of mine, the colours are sublime, it's setting (in the old church) is simply breathtaking. Creating a peaceful and calming atmosphere. I could stay gazing for hours at the beautiful condition of the painting.The oratory beneath (down a long staircase) is remarkable on it's own account with many intricately painted frescoes around the walls.

1  Thank sognoCortona
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Reviewed 5 October 2013

Nevermind Fra Angelico's Annunciation but to me Gherardi's fresco at the oratory below the church takes the cake as this museum's most interesting piece. The cycle, seen in the twelve lunettes on the walls, showed the sacrifices offered by characters of the Old Testament, one on each wall. Cristofano Gherardi aka Doceno was Vasari's apprentice. Apparently Vasari limited his own work to some sketching and touching up of this beautiful fresco.

3  Thank ebbtide123
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Reviewed 4 September 2013

I was amazed to see one of the 3 "Annunciations" by Beato Angelico exposed in this small museum in Cortona. It is an incredible piece of art and is in excellent condition. The museum has other very interesting art pieces by Italian masters.

Thank Cipsontheroad
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Reviewed 18 August 2013

A small museum next to the Cathedral. Just a few rooms and very variable paintings. Still the room with the Fra Angelico Annunciation painting is amongst the most beautiful art rooms in Italy I have visited. I walked back to it again and again and all four of the walls have paintings that stay with you, moving the heart and pleasing the eyes...

1  Thank Marienlyst
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