Conservatory of San Pietro

The convent of Augustinian nuns dedicated to St. Peter was built by Pietro Usimbardi to a design by Giorgio Vasari the Younger in 1604. The complex, with its monastery, cloister, refectory and dormitory, was subsequently extended with a further cloister and ended up incorporating part of the city walls. The works of art from the monastery, now hanging in a single large room, include a Reliquary with the Head of St. John the Baptist, an especially dramatic work reflecting an iconography popular in the early 16th century that echoes a formal design originally developed by Giambologna.

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