MUSEUM OF RELIGIOUS ART- Sala San Giusto
The Museum of San Giusto is the result of a joint venture by the Council and Parish of Suvereto. This collection of religious art is the fundamental contribution of the village to the Jubilee of 2000,
and is part of a wider initiative in the Cornia valley and the Diocese of Massa Marittima – Piombino. The collection – featuring sculpture, paintings and vestments
– demonstrates the importance of Suvereto and her Church in medieval and early modern times
. The collection is housed in the nineteenth century Oratory of San Giusto, between the ancient parish church and the main gate in the city walls. The mere position means that any visitor to the village should stop here to admire the works housed within.
The Museum, which is in its final phases of completion, houses the work of local artists. Particularly worthy of note are the coloured wooden statues attributed to Lorenzo di Pietro, known as Il Vecchietta
(14th century), several oil paintings of the seventeenth century, and the marble bas-relief of the Madonna and Child by Andrea Guardi.
Photogallery of the Museum Of Religious Art
THE DOLL MUSEUM - THE MARIA MICAELLI COLLECTION
The Doll Museum is displayed in a historical building in via Magenta.
The collection originally belonged to Maria Micaelli
who donated it to the village. Taken together, the exhibits represent an important cultural patrimony which demonstrates the continual evolution of manufacturing
along with examples of the various media used to make dolls
– wood, papier-mache, porcelain, biscuit, rags and so on. The collection offers a complete assemblage showing the changing styles and different types of the last centuries.
Examples on show come from all over Italy and are displayed according to historical criteria, which aim to inform as well as amuse the visitor. The section showing the products of the Casa Lenci
– founded in Turin in 1919 – is worthy of note, these being truly artistic works which gave rise to a commercial boom in America in the 30’s and 40’s. Older dolls are, for example, the Sardinian bamboli,
made at the end of the nineteenth century, with heads in coloured papier-mache and a body of stuffed rags. Another important aspect of the collection is that constituted by more modern dolls, the products of contemporary artists, particularly those painted by ‘Eugen
’ - the pseudonym of a famous Livornese painter.
As a link between the dolls of the past and those in the shops today, there is a section dedicated to dolls of the 50’s,
the first to be produced in rigid plastic with moving eyes and a speaking voice. To complete the visit to such a complex phenomenon as that which the ‘simple’ doll truly is, the museum has a small shop with books
and iconographic material, other publications and paper dolls with accessories.
Photogallery of The Doll Museum
TIMETABLE of both museums
Saturdays 5 p.m.- 7 p.m
Sundays 5 p.m.- 7 p.m.
From 1st July to 15th September
Saturdays 5 p.m.- 7 p.m and 9 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Sundays 5 p.m.- 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. – 11 p.m.