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“For Professors of Italian Frescos Only”

Museo delle Sinopie
Ranked #54 of 173 things to do in Pisa
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
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 air con to cool down after having visited all the other great exhibits in the area.

Thank Albert Z
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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 worth at least a short visit.

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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 and contains restored frescoes which were originally in the Camposanto.

There is also a film about the tilt of the tower, but with the museum being the main ticket office for the Pisa attractions, there is so much background noise in the building that the film cannot be heard.

The contents of the museum (while the top floor is under renovation) can be seen in under 15 minutes, so if you do have a combined ticket and limited time, you can fit it in.

The museum isn't very interesting and would be extremely boring for any children. The only advantage is the air conditioning if you want to escape the heat for a short while!

If you see a big queue, and already have a ticket, enter via the other doors. There should never be a queue to enter this attraction!

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 and worth a visit.

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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 information on frescoes, not more sinopie.

Thank KerryandTim
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