The Museum of Religious Art of Tavarnelle Val di Pesa was opened in 1989 on the first floor of the parsonage of San Pietro in Bossolo. It displays artworks coming from the ancient parishes of San Pietro and San Donato in Poggio, except for an important group of works belonging to the parish church of San Donato, some of which are still at their original site, while others have been moved to the Museum of Santo Stefano al Ponte in Florence.
A tour of the museum begins with the main hall, which displays works of art coming from the parish of San Pietro in Bossolo; outstanding among these are the large panel paintings by Neri di Bicci, documented in 1473 and coming from Santa Maria del Morrocco.
The next room contains works coming from the parish of San Donato in Poggio, and in particular from the churches of Olena and Cortine. The third room is dedicated to the theme of worship and devotion, as is the corridor leading back to the main hall, where tokens of popular devotion are exhibited.
The Museum’s most famous work is undoubtedly the Madonna and Child attributed to Meliore.
The painting, debatably attributed to the artist by the critics, comes from the Oratory of San Michele a Casaglia and plays a key role in the history of Florentine 13th- century painting. Faithfully following traditional Byzantine models, it is one of the finest examples of the so-called neo-Hellenistic movement that developed around 1270 on the worksite of the Florence Baptistery, where Meliore worked with Coppo and other artists.
The image stands out against a red-lead background, originally covered by gold foil which has peeled off, stripping away the halos of the two figures as well.
Strada della Pieve
Tavarnelle - Tavarnelle Val di Pesa (Fi)
Winter museum visiting :
From November 1 to March 31
Summer museum visiting :
From April 1 to October 31