“Giotto’s Followers in Valdelsa” is the title of the exhibition that the Museum of Sacred Art in Montespertoli hosts until January 6th, 2022.
An exhibition that, as an opportunity to visit the Empolese Valdelsa and Montalbano, will also allow visitors to take an educational and experiential route to compare two rare paintings from the medieval period.
The exhibition “Giotto’s Followers in Valdelsa”
The two paintings on display in Montespertoli were probably realized by Lippo di Benivieni and both represent the same subject: the Madonna and Child.
The first painting comes from the Church of San Lorenzo in Montegufoni, near the castle where numerous masterpieces where hidden during the Second World War to protect them from bombings. The author is unknown, but according to some hypotheses it is Lippo di Benivieni. The second work, on the other hand, from the Uffizi Galleries, is a panel of similar format that was part of a dismembered polyptych, by Lippo di Benivieni, made for the church of San Per Maggior in Florence.
The exhibition is a rare opportunity to make a direct comparison between the two works, whose common ancestry with Giotto is certain. Visitors will be able to see up close the characteristics of these paintings, understand how they were constructed, the materials and techniques used.
“Giotto’s Followers in Valdelsa” is the fourth stage of the exhibition program “Terre degli Uffizi”, conceived and realized by the Uffizi Galleries and the CR Firenze Foundation to enhance the artistic heritage of the region. For more information: Giotto’s Followers in Valdelsa – VisitMontespertoli
Art in the Empolese Valdelsa and Montalbano
The exhibition “Giotto’s Followers in Valdelsa” is an excellent opportunity to visit the Empolese Valdelsa and Montalbano and enjoy the art that this area has to offer.
The two paintings on display are not the only Madonna and Child famous in this area: The Museum of Sacred Art in Montespertoli houses a painting by Filippo Lippi representing the same subject, while another Madonna and Child, by Cimabue, is kept inside the Museum of Sacred Art Santa Verdiana, in Castelfiorentino.
In terms of cultural and artistic heritage, the Empolese Valdelsa and Montalbano area also offers many other opportunities for visits and to name but a few we would like to mention: the Bego Museum in Castelfiorentino, dedicated to the painter Benozzo Gozzoli, to Pontormo’s House and the Museum of the Collegiate Church in Empoli, one of the oldest ecclesiastical museums in Italy, the Museum of Sacred Art in Certaldo.