Empoli – Museum of the Collegiata
Piazza della Propositura 3, Empoli
tel. +39 0571 76284
From Tuesday to Sunday 9 – 12 a.m. / 4 – 7 p.m. Closed on Monday
The Museum of the Collegiata overlooks a square that tells the story of Empoli, to which Florence, home of the Medici and cradle of the Renaissance, owes its existence. It is dedicated to Farinata degli Uberti, the commander who fought as a Ghibelline for Siena but was actually a Florentine, and right in Empoli, opposed himself to the destruction of his city. Dante, who meets him in Hell, tells us this story:
But I was alone, there...and I openly defended her.
[Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy, Hell, X chant]
A story that takes us back in time and introduces us to the symbolic work of this museum, the Cristo in pietà by Masolino da Panicale, which has been for years the focus of attention of the most important art historians of the world for its attribution, which is now definitive. A fresco that crossed the centuries preserving its aura and inspiring the master of video art, Bill Viola, for his Emergence (2002), in which Christ is reborn and resurrects.
Here we can find a noble and unmissable collection of Renaissance art; we just need to name some of the artists that wait for us on the inside: Della Robbia, Filippo Lippi, Bernardo and Antonio Rossellino.
The museum was born from the union of the devotion of those who commissioned the many works of art that have been collected here since 1300, and the passion of the supporters of a pedagogical vision with the aim of the civil and moral progress of the people, who decided to preserve them here five years later.