He approached the works, took digital photos and admired every space of the Giuliano Ghelli Museum, enraptured by the beauty of the masterpieces, precious testimonies of the golden centuries of art. The director of the Uffizi Gallery Eike Schmidt made his first visit to the halls of the exhibition center in via Roma and in the historic center of the Chianti municipality, deepening his knowledge of some of the oldest places and monuments in the area including the Church of Suffragio and the Church of Mercy.
Organized by the municipal administration, the visit started among the books, from the new library of San Casciano, "cultural heart of every community", as the director of the Uffizi defined it and, in the company of mayor, the councilor for Culture and the coordinator of the Chianti Valdarno museum system, as well as director of the Sanascianese museum, Nicoletta Matteuzzi, the head of the Culture office Leonardo Baldini, continued to discover the treasures that enrich the historical-artistic heritage of San Casciano, coming and found from the territory.
A must is the sacred art section with a visit to some of the cornerstones of medieval art, the Dossale di San Michele Arcangelo by Coppo di Marcovaldo and the Madonna and child by Ambrogio Lorenzetti, the paintings by Neri di Bicci, Iacopo del Casentino, Master of the Horne Triptych, by the Master of San Lucchese, a sculpture by Gino Micheli (signed and dated 1341), a shaft carved in alabaster by the Master of Cabestany.
The director was then accompanied to explore the other rooms of the museum, passing by the archaeological section, represented by the Stele of the archer, one of the most relevant testimonies of northern Etruria, and by the finds from the Roman era with its everyday objects, to the one dedicated to contemporary art, recently set up on the upper floors of the Museum.
This is where the idea of a new one took shape collaboration between Florence and Chianti, between the Uffizi Gallery and the municipal administration of San Casciano with the aim of enhance the dialogue between city and countryside works of art, united by the paternity of great authors of Italian art, by the secular prestige and by the artistic importance of international scope.
"We were delighted to host the director of the Uffizi and show the resources and cultural potential that our Museum offers and makes available to the community - declares the mayor - we shared the desire to activate a collaboration that could start as early as next year with the setting up in the spaces of the museum of an exhibition that tells the story of art over the centuries through the studies, documents, the critical style of Carlo Del Bravo, the refined scholar born in San Casciano, who died three years ago. Del Bravo loved his country of origin and Chianti, he was very attached to our territory to the point of recently offering us the donation of part of his rich collection which later found a better and more suitable location in the prestigious Uffizi Gallery ".
"The synergy with the Uffizi is a lifeblood for our territory in cultural and promotional terms and we infinitely thank its director - adds the councilor for Culture - the project we have begun to define aims to honor the memory of an ingenuity consecrated to the history of art, of a man who has dedicated his life to the search for beauty ”.
Director Schmidt, also led by the professor Roberto hunters, as well as governor of the Misericordia of San Casciano, was able to admire the masterpieces kept in the main religious buildings of San Casciano. In the Church of the Misericordia, in particular, the wooden cross by Simone Martini, just returned home, after the long conservative restoration work, and a painting by Francesco Furini caught his attention.
"The director shared the intention of enhancing the thousand-year-old places of faith in Chianti from which a large part of the San Casciano museum collection comes - concludes the councilor for Culture - an itinerant exhibition that allows the use of these small great museums spread throughout the territory could be the next step ".