Founded in 1979 and located in the southern side of the Field of Miracles, the Museo delle Sinopie is, some may consider, the most valuable as to the importance of its exhibits which briefly substantiate the trajectory of a work of art – basically, frescoes – from its original incipient sketch to the finished product. The name of the museum comes from the concept of sinopia which denotes the under-drawings of frescoes, and the museum can take pride in hosting the largest collection of preliminary sketches dating back from the 14th to the 16th century, a collection which was amassed as a result of trying to retrieve some of the assets found on the Field of Miracles subsequently to a serious fire in the mid 20th century.

The significance of these items is given by their chiefdom in restoring certain parts of the religious establishments in Piazza del Duomo affected by the fire or by other wearing happenings. Some of the most important and spectacular preliminary sketches refer to the works of Francesco di Traino (such as the Crucifixion), of Piero di Puccio (with its Theological Cosmos), of Benozzo Gozzoli (Storie Bibliche), but also to the heritage of Buonamico Buffalmacco, Spinello Aretino and Taddeo Gaddi.

Museo delle Sinopie
Piazza del Duomo, Pisa, Italy
Telephone number:
0039 (0)50 560 547