Museo del Tesoro di Santa Maria dell’Impruneta

Museum of Santa Maria dell’Impruneta Treasure

The fame and fortune of the sanctuary is based on the cult of a miraculous image of the Madonna, considered to be the protectress of Florence, which is traditionally attributed to Saint Luke the Evangelist.

According to legend the image was brought to Tuscany by Saint Romulus during the early period of Christianity. At the time of the Black Death in 1348, the cult of the Virgin of Impruneta also spread to Florence: in moments of crisis, such as natural calamities, epidemics and wars, it was taken down into the city in a solemn procession witnessed by large crowds of people.

Over the centuries the Medici and other members of the Tuscan nobility made generous donations to the sanctuary, building up the treasure now housed in the museum. This occupies the top floor of the large loggia erected in the 17th century next to the façade of the church. The treasure comprises liturgical objects in gold and silver, fabrics and illuminated manuscripts of great value, including a processional cross attributed to Lorenzo Ghiberti and the Reliquary of the True Cross, produced in 1620 to a commission by Maria Magdalena of Austria, wife of Cosimo II de’ Medici.

 

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Museo del Tesoro di Santa Maria dell’Impruneta

Museo del Tesoro di Santa Maria dell’Impruneta

Piazza Buondelmonti, 28, 50023 Impruneta FI, Italia

Details
Comune
City:
Impruneta 
Address
Address:
Piazza Buondelmonti, 28, 50023 Impruneta FI, Italia
Opening hours
Opening hours:
Sunday
The Museum is open by appointment only, please call Pro Loco di Impruneta, ph. +39 055 2313729.
from 10:00 to 12:30
from 16:00 to 19:00
Il Museo è aperto solo su prenotazione chiamando il numero +39 329 4929871
Prezzo
Entrance fee:
Entrance by donation

Tipo gestione
Management:
other museums 
Accessibilita
Accessibility:  inaccessible