Another Florence favorite…

Michelangelo Pieta, Florence

The Opera del Duomo, just behind the Cathedral in Florence, was founded in 1891 to house the works of art which, through the course of the centuries, had been removed from the Duomo and the Baptistry.
The museum displays construction materials and instruments used for Brunelleschi’s dome of the Cathedral. On the landing between the two floors is another of Michelangelo’s Pietàs that used to stand in the Duomo.  Most likely, he intended it for his own tomb; the hooded figure of Nicodemus is often interpreted as a self-portrait. The damage to Christ’s left leg and arm is believed to have been inflicted by Michelangelo himself in frustruation at his failing skills.
We love the  main room on the second floor which contains two choir lofts that once stood in the Duomo: one scupted by Luca della Robbia (1431-38), the other by Donatello (1433-39). And in the room on the left are reliefs by Pisano from the Campanile, the bell tower. Ghiberti’s original doors facing the Duomo can be admired in their magnificent golden splendor and up close.
And there are many Donatello’s including the famous Mary Magdalene. Enjoy!

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4 Comments on “Another Florence favorite…”

  1. Serafino Garella Says:

    There are too many sites than one can recommend to visit in Florence. One of my favorites, which is only rarely visited by tourists, is the cloister of the church of San Marco, with the paintings of Fra Angelico in the monks’ cells, including the famous ‘Annunciation’. Go see it! You can reach it by foot from the Duomo.

  2. Bill White Says:

    A visit to Florence is first on the list when next we travel to Italy…you have further enhanced the appetite with this blog entry. The Pieta was a big childhood memory in my home and I remember going to see it when “the original” came to the US some years ago. Facinating to know there this one may have been intended for M’s tomb! What an incredibly rich cultural place Florence is! Thanks Dr Ed – Bill

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