The Sant’Agata Collection of Sacred Art was inaugurated in the spring of 2000. Thus, it is a small and very new museum in one of the most eminent places for history and religious observance in the Mugello, the Parish Church of Sant’Agata.
Inside the 16th century oratory of the Company of Saint James, the large room with a small sacristy have been organized to display works belonging to the parish church’s historical patrimony together with others that mainly come from other churches in the surrounding territory where their security and an adequate conservation could not be guaranteed. Some paintings that had been stored in Florence for a long time have been added.
The Oratory where the collection is displayed is adjacent to the parish church, and visits to the two complement each other. The collection has recently been dedicated to Father Corrado Paoli, parish priest in Sant’Agata from1996 to 2006, whose memory is particularly cherished by the community of Sant’Agata.
Simplicity and rigor were the characteristics of the Company of St. James. they also typify the interior of the oratory, a single, rectangular-shaped room covered with wooden trusses. The benches for the brothers who gathered there under the protection of the Virgin, portrayed in the 16th century painting set on the altar, are still along the walls.