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Where Art lives

The eyes stare into nowhere and you become one with the particular features offered by this unique land, where art rules every time and every place. Children will have the opportunity to get acquainted with artistic activities dedicated especially to them.

The art of children

A journey with your children through the Terre di Siena to the discovery of antique paintings – with itineraries dedicated entirely to them – as a cognitive instrument of an era, a trade or a territory, stretching as far as an approach to the language of contemporary art, can become a fantastic means to experience extraordinary encounters with their imagination and the world of art.

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Museo d'Arte per Bambini…

Museo d'Arte per Bambini

The main mission of the Art Museum for Children is to bring the world of childhood towards art and artistic culture through their experience in the museum space.

The Art Museum for Children is a museum that collects works the guiding thread of which is childhood.

The Museum activities comprise events, exhibitions and installations – created especially for children; teaching programmes to approach art – on different themes and with the aid of different artistic languages; research within the context of art history and education.

Annual event:
Pictures of imagination. Indicatively from March to April every year. With exhibition, shows, music and workshops open to the public and schools.

The Museum offers schools some very interesting further learning opportunities.

Museo d’arte per bambini
Comune di Siena
Complesso Museale Santa Maria della Scala
Piazza del Duomo, 2
tel & fax 0577 46517

To learn more: www.comune.siena.it/bambimus

Complesso Museale SMS Siena…

Complesso Museale SMS Siena

The immense complex of Santa Maria della Scala, one of the first European examples of a hospital, having completed its health functions, is undergoing meticulous restoration and recovery. The Foundation has numerous museums:

- SMS Archaeology: housed in the atmospheric underground rooms and split into two sections: the Antiquarium, which comprises various private collections (Bonci Casuccini, Bargagli Petrucci, Chigi Zondadari, Mieli, Accademia dei Fisiocritici) and the Topographic section, which illustrates the main aspects of the Sienese territory;

- SMS Art Museum for Children: the main mission of which is to bring the world of childhood towards art and artistic culture, through direct contact with the work of art. The collection is made up of objects owned by the museum, donations and loans, and offers inspiration for the teaching activities;

- SMS Contemporary: the contemporary art centre of Siena which, in a climate of dialogue and confrontation with history and the territory, houses and holds personal and collective shows, projects, events and initiatives aimed at enhancing and divulging the main Italian and international artistic trends of recent years.

SMS Santa Maria della Scala also houses the Library and Photo Library Briganti, the Centro Europeo per la Ricerca e il Restauro (CERR) (European Centre for Research and Restoration) and numerous spaces (about 6,000 square metres) destined to temporary exhibitions and conventions.

The Museum Complex offers schools some very interesting further learning opportunities.

P.zza Duomo, 1 - 53100 Siena
telefono centralino: +39 0577 534511

Complesso Museale Santa Maria della Scala
P.zza Duomo, 1 - 53100 Siena
telefono: 0577 534511

To learn more:  www.santamariadellascala.com

Siena OPA…

Siena OPA

Cathedral, Museum of the Opera, Crypt, Baptistery, Oratory of St. Bernardino.

The Opera della Metropolitana, Vestry-board of the Cathedral of Siena, formerly the Magistracy of the Antique Sienese State, administers the historical monumental artistic heritage of the Cathedral.

A discovery of treasures with an incredibly atmospheric effect for children.

The Duomo Cathedral of Siena represents one of the finest artistic expressions of the late medieval period in Italy. The most particular element of the Cathedral is the floor, which is unique in its kind. To protect it against wear and tear, it remains covered for most of the year and is displayed between the end of August and the end of October every year owing to 'the unveiled floor' initiative.

The Museo dell’Opera houses Italian masterpieces, such as the remarkable "Maestà" by Duccio di Buoninsegna and the outstanding collection of marble sculptures by Giovanni Pisano.

The Crypt was an astounding discovery made in 1999, during the renovation works. A room measuring 180 square metres, decorated with frescoes dating back to the 1200’s, with its colours intact and the original subjects.

The Baptistery lies beneath the choir of the Cathedral frescoed by Vecchietta, Pietro degli Orioli and Benvenuto di Giovanni.

The Oratory of St. Bernardino offers an overview of the pictorial production of the Sienese artists starting from the 14th century.

The Museum offers schools some very interesting further learning opportunities.

To learn more: www.operaduomo.siena.it - www.museisenesi.org

Pinacoteca Nazionale Siena…

Pinacoteca Nazionale Siena

The chance to closely examine extraordinary works of art doesn't come along often. A visit to the Pinacoteca Nazionale will let you study the styles, subjects and messages that have been forever fixed in paint, whether on wooden boards or large canvasses: all together they form an extraordinary collection of famous artists, from the great master Duccio di Buoninsegna to Domenico Beccafumi.

Resting your gaze on the pictures may also cause you to reflect on the symbolic universe as reconstructed by man and let you see how they changed in relation to one another with the passage of time.

A painting by the great Simone Martini, or Ambrogio or Pietro Lorenzetti, acts as a time-machine, taking us back to an age where things "divine" were considered so elevated that to approach or represent them required the most precious of materials only.

Sienese Art is descended from the great traditions of Byzantine Art but renewed and "personalised". All the gold used demonstrates the great respect that, in the Middle Ages, was inspired by the"divine Spirit" but with profoundly softened features.

But, at times, it is hard to recognise the subjects and symbols and to understand the relationships between them without someone to explain it all. 
For this reason, the Siena Pinacoteca provides an itinerary for young visitors that helps them to learn about the subjects represented in this prestigious collection.
It's a visual and informative process that will help them to gain some familiarity with the history of art.

The Museum offers schools some very interesting further learning opportunities.

Pinacoteca Nazionale
Palazzo Buonsignori, via S. Pietro 29
53100 Siena
Tel 0577 281161

To learn more: Pinacoteca nazionale (Wikipedia)

Galleria De Grada San Gimignano…

Galleria De Grada San Gimignano

The Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art “Raffaele De Grada” presents works from the Tuscan 19th century (including pieces by Niccolò Cannicci) and 20th century (De Grada, Guttuso, Sassu, Treccani, Vacchi, Guidi, the Fieschi collection, etc.).
The Gallery is also the most important exhibition space in the city, temporary exhibitions are often held there.

The Museum offers schools some very interesting further learning opportunities.

Galleria D'arte Moderna e Contemporanea Raffaele De Grada 
Via Folgore, 11 - 53037 San Gimignano (Siena) 
tel. 0577 941388 

Museo Cassioli Asciano…

Museo Cassioli Asciano

The museum, inaugurated in 1991 and reorganised in 2007, is the only museum in the province of Siena dedicated entirely to 19th century Sienese painting.
Thanks to the works granted on permanent loan by the Art Institute of Siena, the exhibition itinerary opens with works by the former directors of the Institute of Fine Arts (Francesco Nenci and Luigi Mussini) and with trials by the students. It continues with an extensive selection dedicated to the figure of Amos Cassioli, a purist painter who studied under Mussini, and ends with the exhibition of numerous trials and paintings by Giuseppe Cassioli, son and student of Amos. 
The museum is also home to a conspicuous collection of drawings by the two artists.

The Museum offers schools some very interesting further learning opportunities.

from 1/04 to 31/10: friday and saturday 14-18 
From 1/11 to 31/03: saturday 14-17 

Via Fiume, 8
53041 Asciano 
tel. 0577 7144 50 

To learn more: www.visitcretesenesi.com

Museo Civico Montepulciano…

Museo Civico Montepulciano

The Museum is split into four main sections:

- the Etruscan-Roman section
- the Poliziana section with stones and coats of arms of various families
- the Picture Gallery section with paintings spanning from 1200 to 1800 comprising the Crociani Collection
- the Della Robbia Terracotta section by Andrea della Robbia.

Museo Civico e Pinacoteca Crociani
Via Ricci, 10 - Palazzo Neri Orselli
53045 Montepulciano
Tel. 0578 717300

The Museum offers schools some very interesting further learning opportunities.

To learn more: www.museisenesi.org

Museo Diocesano Pienza…

Museo Diocesano Pienza

The Museum, located in Palazzo Borgia, represents one of the most prestigious collections of the province of Siena. It houses works by some of the leading Sienese artists between 1200 and 1700 such as Pietro Lorenzetti, the Master of Osservanza, Vecchietta and Signorelli. Flemish tapestries dating back to the 15th century are also kept there, along with the splendid Cope of Pope Pious II, illuminated codices and a collection of items made of gold spanning from the 13th to the 19th century.

The Museum offers schools some very interesting further learning opportunities.

Museo Diocesano di Pienza
Corso Il Rossellino, 30 - 53026 Pienza
Tel. 0578 749905

To learn more: www.museisenesi.org

Museo Diocesano Colle Val d'Elsa…

Museo Diocesano Colle Val d'Elsa

The museum, located in the antique Palazzo dei Priori, houses the Civic Collection and the Sacred Art Collection.
The former is made up mainly of works belonging to numerous artists who were active in Colle between the late 19th century and the early decades of the 20th century. The oldest and most prestigious works include the Duccesque Maestà by the “Maestro di Badia a Isola” dating back to the end of the 13th century, the 14th century Crucifix of Marco Romano and a Eucharistic set from the 6th century, known as the “Treasure of Galognano”.

The Museum offers schools some very interesting further learning opportunities.

Museo Civico e Diocesano d’Arte Sacra FMS a Colle val d'Elsa
Via del Castello, 31 (Palazzo dei Priori)
53034 Colle di Val d'Elsa
Tel. 0577 923888 - 0577 912260 (Ufficio Cultura Comune)
To learn more: www.museisenesi.org

Museo Arte Sacra Val d'Arbia…

Museo Arte Sacra Val d'Arbia

The museum, housed in the elegant Liberty rooms of Palazzo Ricci Socini, presents a rich collection of works from the churches of the Val d'Arbia: from the precious Madonnas with Child by Duccio di Buoninsegna and Pietro Lorenzetti, to the polyptychs by Luca di Tommè, Andrea di Bartolo and Sano di Pietro; from the refined paintings by Matteo di Giovanni and Brescianino to the grand altarpieces made by the finest Sienese artists of the 16th and 17th centuries. A rich sequence of gold ornaments and textile paraments accompany the paintings and sculptures in the display.

The Museum offers schools some very interesting further learning opportunities.

Museo d' Arte Sacra Val d'Arbia
Via Soccini, 18
53022 Buonconvento
Tel. 0577 807190 - 0577 807181 (Ufficio Turistico)


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