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“Wow! Such a beautiful art collection....”

National Museum of San Matteo
Ranked #14 of 171 things to do in Pisa
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Owner description: National Museum of San Matteo, which is housed in the Benedictine Monastery, features a group of paintings from the 12th- to 18th- centuries, and a rich collection of sculpture from the Pisano School.
London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
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“Wow! Such a beautiful art collection....”
Reviewed 16 August 2014

So thrilled to find this amazing museum.....the painted crosses are particularly moving....such peaceful surroundings to enjoy this wonderful collection of art.
I would thoroughly recommend a detour from the beaten track to enjoy this very special collection .
No shop,or merchandising in sight....quite unusual and refreshing, although a few Post Cards would have been appreciated!

Visited August 2014
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“Overlooked Gem...”
Reviewed 3 August 2014

Visited on the recommendation of a BBC documentary about going away from the 'well beaten track' of west coast Italy. My wife and I spent an almost solitary hour slowly making our way through a quite incredible selection of medieval/renaissance ecclesiastical art. 5 euros each well spent. The museum charts the development of religious art from around 1000 to 1500. It's a well told story if you read the information on offer in English. If you want to look at pretty stuff you'll like it, if you have any remote interest in the history of this topic then DO NOT miss this! We went before going to the cathedral and it gave lots of helpful context.

Visited July 2014
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Bewdley, United Kingdom
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“I expected more”
Reviewed 4 July 2014

Good if you like to see medievil murals & modern sculptures. I would have preferred to see more Roman artifacts

Visited June 2014
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“A hidden Gem”
Reviewed 1 July 2014

This museum is a must see for lovers of medieval Art. It has one of the best collections of religious icon Art in the world. We were the only people in the museum. We had it all to ourselves. It is off the beaten track but on foot it is a lovely walk on the quay

Visited June 2014
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“"Hidden Treasures"”
Reviewed 4 June 2014

It's unprepossessing entrance and rather bare lower floor are nothing to write home about. They reminded me of some of the entrances to museums in the outback of Australia...However, once you go upstairs, if you are into painting and sculpture, the displays at this Museum, will blow your mind. Their brochure nominates 18 Masterpieces, but in reality there are many, many more very beautiful works of art and no hordes of other tourists. Just to wet your appetite and give you a bit of an idea of the scope:- The Crosses, originally set high under the triumphal arches of churches, form the largest group still preserved from 13th Century Pisa. The painted wooden sculptures gathered together in a long dark hall to preserve their colour, are full size and were used as characters in sacred mediaeval theatre. If you look at them through the columns from the adjoining room, it is magic. The painted marble work of Andrea Pisano, entitled Madonna del Latte (1343 -1347) is also an exquisite artwork...Only 5 Euros entrance, it's a bargain and chairs provided in most rooms to sit and enjoy.

Visited June 2014
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