The Museum, inaugurated in April 2002, was dedicated to Masaccio in honour of the famous triptych of San Giovenale, dated 23 April 1422, coming from the small nearby church of San Giovenale and brought set for safekeeping.
The museum, entered from the apse of the church, is arranged on two floors. It displays paintings and precious objects belonging not only to Cascia but also to other important churches in the Reggello territory, all of ancient foundation and remarkable artistic wealth.
Among the most noteworthy paintings are a fine panel from the School of Ghirlandaio dating from the late 15th century, formerly displayed above the main altar of Cascia; a Deposition by Santi di Tito from 1611 and a St. Anthony by Jacopo Vignali from the 17th century.In the five rooms, including one decorated with elegant murals fro the first half of the 18th century discovered under the plaster and recently restored, we also find treasures of religious gold-work. Lastly, a small cabinet displays Russian icons and objects of everyday usage during Jewish rituals, proof of a desire for documentation going beyond the local artistic heritage.
Particularly rich is the liturgical vestments section, including a chasuble made of lampas and silk-and-gold velvet, and a damask dalmatic decorated with cardoon flower motifs produced by Tuscan craftsmen in the 16th century.
Another section highlighted in the museum is that of votive offerings, or ex-votos, accumulated through popular devotion around the ancient wooden Crucifix of Cascia and the Lady of Consolation of San Giovenale. They include valuable rosary beads, coins and 16th-17th century medals, small jewels such as a rock crystal cross from the 17th century, and baptismal medallions made of intricate filigree work.
The room that will house the historical archive of the parish church is hung with portraits of the priests who presided here from the 17th through the 19th century
Via Casaromolo 2/a 50066 - Reggello
Tue to Thu 15.00 - 19.30
Sat-Sun 9.30-12.30 & 15.00-19.30
from June to September 21.00 - 23.00 the first and third saturday of the month