This museum - housed in a distinguished building - well represents the events of the history of art in Prato; events in no way secondary given that - among other things - Donatello worked in the city; and Filippo Lippi, one of the greatest painters of the Tuscan school of the fifteenth century, master of Botticelli, has been active in Prato for over a decade starting from 1452.
The works of Filippo Lippi in Prato are mainly in the Cathedral: the so-called "Madonna del Ceppo" is preserved in the museum, while two works of excellence are in the museum by his natural son Filippino Lippi: the table with "Madonna with child and saints" and the fresco of the “Tabernacle of the corner of Mercatale”, much praised by Giorgio Vasari and prodigiously recomposed after it had been reduced to fragments by the 1944 bombings.
Still stands out among the oldest tables a masterpiece by Giovanni da Milano, a "Polyptych with Madonna and saints", and two by Bernardo Daddi, a "Madonna and child" and a predella with "Stories of the sacred belt" (this is a relic fundamental for the history and identity of the city of Prato).
These masterpieces are accompanied by many other significant pictorial works, from the Middle Ages to the 18th century, distributed on the first and second floors of the Museum.
The third floor, on the other hand, is outstanding - as well as for the panoramic windows - for two excellent collections: plenty of sculptures by Lorenzo Bartolini, a neoclassical artist from Prato (1777-1850); and the plaster casts from the collection of Jacques Lipchitz (1891-1973), a “cubist” sculptor of Lithuanian origin, whose family donated these works to the museum.
The museum - renovated not many years ago - is very well organized. I would like to point out the efficiency of the audio guide, in multiple languages, which adequately illustrates a large number of works.
A visit is certainly to be recommended.