Siena (Italy)

Il Museo Diocesano di Arte Sacra

The Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art, with the Oratory of San Bernardino next door, is a place with a magical timeless atmosphere that reveals in a single breath the spirituality of the territory and gives insight into Sienese painting from the 13th to the 18th century.  The heart of the museum is and shall always be the magnificent chapel of the upper oratory, named after Santa Maria degli Angeli (St. Mary of the Angels), with its coffered ceiling showing the heads of cherubs against a sky-blue background.  The walls, entirely frescoed with the Storie della Vergine (Stories of the Virgin), provide a unique example of Sienese painting from the early 1500s, represented here by the renowned artists Domenico Beccafumi, Giovanni Antonio Bazzi, known as “il Sodoma”, and Girolamo del Pacchia.
Cloister of the Museum

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