Montelupo Fiorentino - Museum of Ceramics
Piazza Vittorio Veneto 10/11, Montelupo Fiorentino
tel. +39 0571 51087
Monday from 2.00 to 7 p.m. From Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Thursday from 10.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m. 24th and 31st December from 10.00 am – 2.00 p.m.
Closed on 1st May, Easter, Christmas, New year day
Montelupo Fiorentino is the place where art becomes ceramics and ceramics becomes art. The Ceramics Museum preserves in itself the essence of it all; an invisible but friendly and vital presence that whispers as we enter, the one of Lorenzo di Piero Sartori, the inventor of that ‘unrepeatable’ color that gave its name to the most prestigious majolica that is preserved here, the Rosso di Montelupo.
Here it is possible to run the timeline exactly until the moment that we are living now. In fact, the story that we can see inside can be found even outside the museum, in the shop, in the laboratories, in the companies that recreate it in every moment. Now, in this moment, while we are observing a Renaissance majolica, someone is shaping, baking, painting and exhibiting another one.
It is a long story of objects, of working, of traditions, baking, brushes, colors that started hundreds of years ago and has reached us. That timeline leads us to those who gave a soul to that story: men. If we think of the shop of a painter, of a sculptor, of a glass maker in the Middle Ages or in the Renaissance, we must know that it still exists here and now. Art keeps constant its relationship with man, who is its center. We will be able to find and see the artist-artisan with his hands tired from working, the clay on his skin, the dirty dress covered with colors, the essential talking, so much to make us think: can art rise from all of this? The Ceramics Museum is here to give us an answer, which is indubitably: yes! Do we remain amazed? Of course we do, but what is essential now is to remember today's experience: having witnessed the meaning of the word genius.