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Museo delle Sinopie

Piazza del Duomo, 56126, Pisa, Italy
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Quite a lot of information given on how frescoes were actually painted. On display were beautiful... read more

Reviewed 14 January 2018
gweeboonhiah
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Northampton, United Kingdom
Rudest staff ever encountered

Didn't make it past the entrance with the staff. First staff member, a man, was so dismissive and... read more

Reviewed 22 October 2017
lmillie1234
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Destined to remain concealed beneath the finished work, the precious “sinopia” is the only graphic work that we still have of the early masters, for drawings on paper or parchment that have survived from way back in the Middle Ages are extremely rare. As the first step towards making a fresco, the sinopia is a drawing traced out on the first layer of plaster. It takes its name from “sinoper” or “sinopia”, the red pigment which is mixed with water and applied by brush.The Pisa collection is absolutely unique and it came to light as the result of a terrible event. A fire raged through the Camposanto during a bombing raid in the Second World War and this made it necessary to detach the frescoes from the plaster in order to save vast portions that had not been burnt, and to restore them. The outer film of paint was removed using the “strappo” technique, revealing the hidden sinopias beneath.
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Reviewed 14 January 2018

Quite a lot of information given on how frescoes were actually painted. On display were beautiful outline of paintings made with red earth. Looked so exquisite. A must visit place to gain an understanding of the creation of frescoes.

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Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

Didn't make it past the entrance with the staff. First staff member, a man, was so dismissive and laughed in our faces went to a woman who decided her computer screen was far more important that us to look at and never even glanced up....More

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Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

In order to enter the amazing buildings that surround the leaning tower of Pisa you will need to visit the museum to obtain a (free) ticket. We attempted this on two separate days without success (too late and too busy). Which was frustrating but not...More

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Reviewed 4 October 2017

We visited the Museo delle Sinopie last, after having visited the Leaning Tower, Cathedral, Baptistery and the cemetery. If we are honest, this to us, was a bit uninteresting as it is not really our thing. The reason we visited is because we purchased tickets...More

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Reviewed 18 July 2017

The most uninteresting runaround of a museum ever. Very specialist and narrow subject where half of the exhibition is about how the fresco sketches were saved and the rest a pointless display unless you are an academic specialising in the field. Only good point is...More

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Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

We visited this museum as part of our multi attraction ticket. Although I can understand some of the negative comments in other reviews, we actually found it very useful and quite intriguing on the insights that it gave into the history of the Camposanto. Well...More

Thank GrumpsDC
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Reviewed 7 June 2017

My dad read an article in The Sunday Times (UK newspaper) saying how this museum was rubbish, but offered good views over the Campo Dei Miracoli, however when we got there, the upper floor was closed for renovation. The museum offers some information into frescoes...More

Thank Tim Y
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Reviewed 30 April 2017

I visited this after visiting the Cathedral and the Babtistry, but wished that I had visited this museum first. It does provide interesting and useful background on the planning and development of frescoes which should enhance the viewing of the actual frescoes afterward. Well organized...More

Thank Andrew E
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

I'm not sure who the target market is for this museum, but it clearly isn't me. It has a short explanation of how frescoes are made, and then it had dozens of sinopie sketches showing the first step in creating a fresco. The museum needs...More

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Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

Underwhelming compared to the other buildings and sights If you are visiting go before the Campo Santo as this explains the restoring of frescoes I would suggest this museum is of limited appeal

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