The Masaccio Museum of Religious Art at Cascia (Reggello)

Just 16,4 km from here…

The Romanesque Parish Church of San Pietro a Cascia in Reggello was built near the Cassia vetus road, probably towards the late 12th century. The exterior boasts a fine portico, while the interior is divided into three naves separated by arches resting on columns with capitals carved with vegetal elements, human figures and animals; the central nave concludes in the apse. The simplicity of the walls in untreated stone is the result of the restoration carried out in the 1960’s, which made it possible to remove the 16th–18th century additions, like the lateral altars created in the second half of the 16th century. The church contains several art works, among them the detached fresco of the Annunciation attributed to Mariotto di Cristofano, a painter active in the early 15th century, and the recently restored 17th century canvas of the Madonna and Child with Sts John the Evangelist and Maurice (?). The Museum opened in 2002 in some rooms adjacent to the area of the church apse. Apart from the famous Triptych of San Juvenal painted by Masaccio, the collection includes paintings and liturgical furnishings from Cascia itself and other churches in the district of Reggello. The section of altar-hangings for the Holy Mass is particularly rich and includes exhibits that date from the 15th to the 18th centuries. 18th-20th century Russian icons and various objects used for Jewish ceremonies, collected by the present parish priest Don Ottavio Failli, complete the display. Portraits of the successive parish priests who operated here between the 18th and 19th centuries have been hung around the room destined to house the historic archives of the Parish Church.