Museo del Opera del Duomo, Florence

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    Museo dell’Opera del Duomo
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    Museo dell’Opera del Duomo
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    Museo dell’Opera del Duomo
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    Museo Dell’Opera Del Duomo... a little treasure

    by Donna_in_India Updated Jul 5, 2009

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    Michelangelo���s Pieta

    Outside and behind the Cathedral is the entrance to the Museo Dell’Opera Del Duomo (Cathedral Museum). With all of the amazing art in Florence, little is heard about this wonderful museum.

    It is filled with great sculptures, but the real masterpiece is Michelangelo’s Pieta. It is a statue of Nicodemus (in Michelangelo’s own likeness) with Christ, Madonna, and Mary Magdalen. Michelangelo worked on it when he was in his 70s-80s and it was intended to adorn his funerary chapel. He was unhappy with it and it was never completed. When looking at it you get an idea of how difficult it must be to sculpt from a single solid piece of marble.

    I loved this museum and I recommend spending some time wandering here!

    Amission charge.

    Summer Hours:
    Monday - Saturday 9 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    Sunday 9 a.m. - 1:40 p.m.

    Earlier closings in winter

    Please note that all visitor information is correct as of this writing.

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    Duomo Art Museum

    by xiquinho Written Jan 2, 2008

    Located just behind the east end of the Duomo, the cathedral's Art Museum (Museo dell'Opera del Duomo) contains a wealth of priceless works of art, including Michelangelo's unfinished masterpiece Pietà as well as a Madonna by Annolfo di Cambio.

    Also on display are works by Donatello (notably his sculpture of the prophet Habbakuk), Luca della Robbia and Pisano.

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    The Museo dell'Opera del Duomo

    by christine.j Written May 8, 2007

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    The Joy of Children
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    This was my favourite museum in Florence!
    It tells you about the building of the Duomo,has religious artefacts on exhibition, but the best thing for me was that I could see the sculptures of the Duomo very close. Outside
    on the Duomo, you need binoculars if you want to see any details of the sculptures high up.

    Here in this museum, you can touch them. Well,you probably shouldn't, but you could.
    All the fascinating details in the sculptures can be seen, an angel who smiles , children who laugh or the panels of the Door of Paradise.

    The most famous sculptures in this museum are the Pietà by Michelangelo and the
    Magdalen by Donatello.
    Both very impressing, but I liked the Singing Galleries by Donatello and Luca della Robbia best.They were carved in marble in early 15th century and basically just show laughing , singing and dancing children. To me, this was the most beautiful piece of art in Florence, even more impressive than David.

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    Museo dell'Opera del Duomo Part 2

    by Willettsworld Written Jul 10, 2005

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    The first room on the upper floor contains two choir lofts, dating to the 1430's by Luca della Robbia and Donatello. Carved in crisp white marble and decorated with coloured glass and mosaic, both depict children playing musical instruments and dancing. Other works by Donatello in this room are his statue of "La Maddalena" (1455) and several Old Testament figures. The room to the left contains an exhibition of the tablets which used to decorate the bell tower. A lower level houses examples of the tools used by Brunelleschi's workmen and a copy of di Cambio's original cathedral facade.

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    Museo dell'Opera del Duomo Part 1

    by Willettsworld Written Jul 10, 2005

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    Michelangelo's Pieta

    The cathedral works museum has a series of rooms dedicated to the history of the Duomo. The main ground floor room holds statues from architect Arnolfo di Cambio's workshop which were once placed in the cathedral's niches. Nearby is Donatello's "St John". Michelangelo's "Pieta" has pride of place on the staircase. The hooded figure of Nico-demus is widely believed to be a self-portrait.

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    Museo dell'Opera del Duomo Part 1

    by Willettsworld Updated Jul 10, 2005

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    Michelangelo's Pieta
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    The cathedral works museum has a series of rooms dedicated to the history of the Duomo. The main ground floor room holds statues from architect Arnolfo di Cambio's workshop which were once placed in the cathedral's niches. Nearby is Donatello's "St John". Michelangelo's "Pieta" has pride of place on the staircase. The hooded figure of Nico-demus is widely believed to be a self-portrait.

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    Museo dell'Opera del Duomo Part 2

    by Willettsworld Written Jul 10, 2005

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    The first room on the upper floor contains two choir lofts, dating to the 1430's by Luca della Robbia and Donatello. Carved in crisp white marble and decorated with coloured glass and mosaic, both depict children playing musical instruments and dancing. Other works by Donatello in this room are his statue of "La Maddalena" (1455) and several Old Testament figures. The room to the left contains an exhibition of the tablets which used to decorate the bell tower. A lower level houses examples of the tools used by Brunelleschi's workmen and a copy of di Cambio's original cathedral facade.

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    Museo dell Opera del Duomo

    by Paisleypaul Written Jun 18, 2005

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    ....shame about the legs

    Art lovers overload continues here! A less heralded Museo in Firenze , but housing the controversial La Pieta - is it by a student rather than the master, Michelangelo Bunoarotti ? Or did the by then octagenarian maestro damage the Left hand side in a fit of pique at his failing eyesight and old man's shake? Certainly the poorest of the three!

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    Still at the Duomo Museum

    by Beausoleil Written Apr 16, 2005

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    Donatello's Magdalene

    Sorry to put two tips in for the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo but I had to put this picture in my pages someplace. This is the Donatello statue of Mary Magdalene and it is absolutely heartrending.

    If you don't see anything else in the museum, see this, the Michelangelo Pieta and the Ghiberti doors.

    (There are lots of other things to see though!)

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    The Duomo Museum . . . don't miss it!

    by Beausoleil Written Apr 16, 2005

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    Pieta by Michelangelo

    This museum is behind the Duomo and contains the original panels from Ghiberti's Baptistry doors. There is a wonderful Pieta by Michelangelo (pictured here). The face of Nicodemus is supposedly a self portrait of Michelangelo although I guess the fact is disputed. The statue is very emotional and strikingly beautiful. It is also very well displayed.

    There is a sculpture of Mary Magdalene by Donatello that could easily be mistaken for a 20th century work. It is austere and almost terrifying.

    The works in the museum have been removed from the Duomo, the Baptistry and the Campanile . . . and probably taken from other places too. It's a wonderful collection and not to be missed.

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    Museo del Opera del Duomo - Florentine Pieta

    by Callavetta Written Mar 26, 2005

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    Florentine Pieta

    Earlier I spoke about Museo del Duomo, the perfect "anti-Museum" for the Museum weary. It's so easy to wear thin on art when visiting Italy, and particularly Florence. I find myself saying "yeah.... another amazing piece of art..... snore...."

    But Museo del Duomo is small, friendly and just packed with really interesting, really amazing art.

    One of the best is this version of the Florentine Pieta.

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    Opera del Duomo

    by Callavetta Written Jan 17, 2005

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    Ghiberti's self portrait

    Florence is home to many world famous museums. While most tourists hit the biggies; the Uficci, the Academia, the Borgello, the Pitti Palace, my favorite is the tiny Opera del Duomo. Next to the Duomo, the museum houses some of the most spectacular original works from the Duomo, the bell tower and the Bapistry, to preserve them from the elements. The original panels of Ghiberti's fabulous doors of the Bapistry can be found in this museum.

    There are a couple of Michaelangelo's sculptures as well as some very interesting relics. Don't miss this gem.

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    The Duomo Museum

    by jmhenry1123 Written Oct 1, 2004

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    Pi��ta - Michelangelo

    This small privately owned museum has the collection of art and artifacts from the Basilica of Santa Maria dei Fiore (aka Il Duomo).

    Here you can see greater detail of the original bronze plates from the baptistry doors. There is also another Michelangelo Pieta where he sculpts himself into the image of Nicodemus.

    You also learn some history of how Brunelleschi designed and built the tremendous dome within a dome.

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    Opera Del Duomo Museum

    by geeyook Updated Jul 30, 2004

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    Opera Del Duomo Museum

    The museum houses sculptures removed from the Duomo for preservation and restoration. Among the hundreds of items on display are the original Ghiberti door panels from the Baptistry's "Gates of Paradise" doors, Michelagelo's unfinished Pieta, Duomo architect Brunelleschi's Duomo wooden models, and his death mask.

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    Museo dell' Opera del Duomo

    by meteorologist1 Updated Jul 30, 2003
    Museo dell' Opera del Duomo

    Here you will see some amazing church sculpture works. Also you will see Michelangelo's late Pieta. Photos are allowed in this museum.

    Admission: 6.00 euros (no discount for students with international student ID cards)

    Please see my travelogue for more photos.

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