The Deruta Ceramics Museum
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This interesting museum is located in the renovated 14th century convent of San Francesco in the centre of Deruta and is the oldest of its kind in all of Italy. Founded in 1898, it holds more than 6000 pieces. The museum offers visitors an historical tour that traces the evolution of the art of ceramics in Deruta from archaic times to the present. There are several theme areas, such as the reconstruction of an old pharmacy, the section dedicated to ceramic floors and those of votive tiles. The museum is characterized by a unique four-storey metal tower which houses various store rooms that can be visited by the public and a special room dedicated to research.
The tour of the museum also includes the Archaeological Area of the San Salvatore Kilns, buildings that date to the late 13th century and to the early 18th century which were, fortunately, discovered in 2008. The Archaeological Area is linked to the Museum via an underground tunnel.
CITY ART GALLERY
The Pinacoteca Comunale di Deruta has its seat in the 14th century Palazzo dei Consoli. It houses a collection of art that includes a fresco done by Pietro Vannucci, known as Il Perugino (Eterno and Santi Romano and Rocco), two works by Niccolò di Liberatore also known as L’Alunno (Madonna dei Consoli and Gonfalone di Sant’Antonio Abate), and the Franciscan Missal, a 13the century parchment, and the Lione Pascoli collection.
SANCTUARY OF THE MADONNA DEI BAGNI
This sanctuary dates to the mid-1600s and houses more than 600 votive tiles of great historical, artistic and religious value all made by Derutese artisans for the faithful in thanks for blessing bestowed upon them”.
DERUTA: THE ART OF CERAMICS
The origins of Deruta remain a mystery, although Etruscan and Roman archaeological remains dating to between the IV century BCE and the IV century CE, some of which are on display in the atrium of City Hall, do offer some clues. What we do know is that “diruta” means ruined, destroyed (as do its derivatives: ruta, rupta, direpta and druida).
The city boasts a rich past and the production of artistic as well as traditional ceramics have made it famous the world over. Much of this heritage can still be seen in the town’s churches, the facades of its buildings and the museum dedicated to the history of ceramics. One can see the extraordinary level of this art by touring the many workshops and factories along almost every street of Deruta, and watch the artisans at work on the various phases of ceramics production. Not only, but the town is also dotted with many examples of the fine work done here.
Reduced admission “A” 20% discount on guided tours