Museo Diocesano

Museo Diocesano information

Cortona , Italy
Piazza del Duomo 1
adult/child €5/3, audioguide €3
Opening hours
10am-7pm Tue-Sun Apr-Oct, to 5pm Tue-Sun Nov-Mar
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Little is left of the original Romanesque character of Cortona's duomo , which is situated northwest of Piazza Signorelli and has been rebuilt several times in a less-than-felicitous fashion. Fortunately, its wonderful artworks have been saved and are on display in this museum, which occupies the former church of the Gesù on the opposite side of the piazza.

Room 1 features a remarkable Roman sarcophagus decorated with a frenzied battle scene between Dionysus and the Amazons, but the real treasures are in Room 3. These include a moving Crucifixion (1320) by Pietro Lorenzetti and two beautiful works by Fra' Angelico: Annunciation (1436) and Madonna with Child and Saints (1436–7).