Palazzo Pretorio Museum
Silent witness of the political, civil and military events of the city, dominating the Piazza del Comune with its austere and imposing size, since 1284 Palazzo Pretorio has been the seat of the court, prisons and foreign magistrates, already enlarged in the fourteenth century. Its soul changed radically in the 18th century, when the rooms of the building became administrative offices of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany. In 1912, its current role as a Museum was inaugurated, updated several times until the last arrangement in 1998.
A fundamental stop for those visiting Tuscany, the Museum of Palazzo Pretorio di Prato offers the visitor an exhibition itinerary full of masterpieces that traces the history and art of Prato from the fourteenth to the twentieth century . On the ground floor the historical setting, with symbolic objects of the past. The large rooms dedicated to temporary exhibitions introduce visitors to the three upper floors, arranged following an ascending chronological criterion. Works that have marked the art of all times, including the masterpieces of Bernardo Daddi, Donatello, dei della Robbia, Giovanni da Milano, Lorenzo Monaco, Filippo and Filippino Lippi, Battistello Caracciolo, by Lorenzo Bartolini and Jacques Lipchitz, follow one another in the large halls, enhanced by the staging project by architects Adolfo Natalini, Marco Magni and Piero Guicciardini.