Visitors will be led on a journey to discover the gem of medieval art that is Massa Marittima, a city that between 1200 and 1300 A.D. reached the same importance as the great cities of Tuscany, attracting internationally renowned artists.
The uniqueness of Massa Marittima is precisely its positioning: on the border between the Pisan and Sienese cultural influences, it offers a unique synthesis of both schools, conceived and created by painters, architects and sculptors who later became a symbol of the Italian Middle Ages. Among those artists, Ambrogio Lorenzetti plays a leading role. The iconic Sienese artist of the 1300s arrived in Massa Marittima and went on to create a series of works of which three are still surviving: one is located in the Cathedral of San Cerbone, while the other two reside in the complex of San Pietro all'Orto and the Museum of Organs of Santa Cecilia and the Museum of Medieval Art.
The tour, lasting about 3 hours, will allow us to discover the remains of the painter's hands, and to appreciate his genius through the new stylistic solutions with which Lorenzetti was experimenting in the mid-1330s. The tour will start in front of the Cathedral of San Cerbone, followed by a visit to the Fonti dell'Abbondanza with its spectacular frescoes: a symbol of popular and profane art, a shock of an introduction to the art of Lorenzetti, both institutional and revolutionary at the same time. We will then continue to the interior of the Cathedral to discover the first trace of Lorenzetti, recently attributed to the painter. the tour will then move to CittaNuova, to the Museum of San Pietro all'Orto-collection of Medieval Art, where we will admire the Maestro's masterpiece, the Maestà. We will then end the experience with a visit to the Organ Museum of Santa Cecilia to discover the last trace recently attributed to Lorenzetti which completes the pictures of the paintings and frescoes recovered up to now in the historic center of Massa Marittima--waiting for new discoveries!