Soggiorno La Pergola · Surroundings · Museo dell'Opera del Duomo
The Opera del Duomo, also known as the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore, is a secular institution founded in 1296 by the Republic of Florence to monitor the construction of the new Cathedral and the belfry.
In 1436, the Cathedral was finished with Brunelleschi's dome and its consecration. After that the main activity of the Cathedral was to preserve and protect the monuments, including the Florence baptistery.
In 1891 the Museum was created to house all artworks that for centuries had been removed from the Duomo and the Baptistery. In fact the Museum affords shelter from pollution to all external statues of the Cathedral. Although I am currently undergoing expansion of exhibition space, the Museum is open to the public.
The Opera del Duomo not often found among the most common itineraries recommended museums. But can represent a true hidden treasure for people who love style and Gothic sculpture and the lowest number of visitors makes a pleasant visit and no long lines to buy tickets. Inside the Museum of the Opera del Duomo 750 works, including statues and reliefs in marble, bronze and silver, including masterpieces by the greatest artists of the time: Michelangelo, Donatello, Arnolfo di Cambio, Lorenzo Ghiberti, Andrea Pisano, Antonio del Pollaiolo, Luca della Robbia, Andrea del Verrocchio and many more. Over 200 works visible to the public for the first time after the restoration, including the Magdalene by Donatello, the North Gate of Lorenzo Ghiberti for the baptistery of Florence and the 27 panels embroidered in gold and polychrome silks designs by Antonio del Pollaiolo. The new Museum will also place many works never before seen or kept in storage for decades, as the fifteen century statues and fragments of medieval façade of the Cathedral nearly seventy.
OPERA DI SANTA MARIA DEL FIORE DI FIRENZE
Via della Canonica, 1 / 50122 - Firenze
Telefono: +39 055 2302885 / Fax: +39 055 2302898