Journey into beauty through 750 works of art: this is the Opera del Duomo Museum in Florence, where you can admire the largest collection in the world of sculpture from the Middle Ages and the Florentine Renaissance.
Here you can find masterpieces by the greatest artists of the time, such as Michelangelo's Pietà Bandini, one of his most mysterious works perhaps destined for the funeral monument of the sculptor, who even tried to destroy it using a hammer. You can also admire the splendid Penitent Magdalene by Donatello, that depicts an elderly and suffering woman with a strikingly tender gaze.
6,000 square meters of space house works that have never been exhibited to the public, or that have been recently restored. Here, the imposing Hall of Paradise stands out with the colossal full-scale model of the facade of the Duomo that was begun by Arnolfo di Cambio in 1296, never finished and finally dismantled in 1587.
On display are 40 statues from the 14th and 15th centuries that we were supposed to decorate the facade, they were created by Arnolfo di Cambio, Donatello and Nanni di Banco. On the opposite side of the room shines the Gates of Paradise by Lorenzo Ghiberti, so called by Michelangelo for its golden beauty.
Next to it we find the North Door of the Baptistery, also by Ghiberti, and the South Door by Andrea Pisano.
The splendid Giotto's Campanile Gallery holds 16 life-size statues, including the three extraordinary Prophets by Donatello and the 54 tiles that adorned the bell tower. In the Cantoria Gallery by Donatello and Luca della Robbia, there are two pulpits made for the Duomo in the 15th century and 25 gold reliefs by Baccio Bandinelli for the choir.
Inside the new museum, you can't miss the room dedicated to Brunelleschi's Dome. On display are wooden models and the funeral mask of the great architect. The visit ends on the panoramic terrace, from which you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Dome and the rooftops of Florence.
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