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The National Museum of San Matteo is located in the center of Pisa. The history of the Museum starts from culture alive antiquarian recovery in Pisa since the eighteenth century, which is identified with the first group of paintings of "primitive" collected by the canon of the Cathedral Sebastiano Zucchetti (1796). The collection left in use for the School of Drawing, increases in the next century of other paintings and sculptures, also retrieved through acquisition to the State carried out in the Napoleonic and post-unification era, with the gradual confluence of the local Academy of Fine Arts. Only in 1893 Igino Benvenuto Supino sets up at the convent of St. Francis the new prestigious Civic Museum, which also produces valuable catalog. In 1949 finally it created the new National Museum, which houses the collections of the former Museum with further increases and settles in the restored convent of San Matteo in Soarta. Of the medieval monastery (eleventh century) today only some of the original structures are identified, mainly in interior locations. In the mid-sixteenth century, however, the monastery was subjected to changes, as shown by the data in the cloister, with columns and sandstone Tuscan capitals. In the late eighteenth or early nineteenth century probably dates from the actual front entrance to the museum, overlooking the Arno river, Neo-Classical.

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piazza S. Matteo In Soarta, 1
56126 Pisa

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