For the first (and only) time, visitors to Florence’s Duomo will be able to admire up-close the monumental rose window of the façade, or “rosone”, designed by Lorenzo Ghiberti in 1405.
After a long and complex renovation work commissioned by the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore, the rosone is exceptionally on view inside the Baptistery until September 8, before being placed where it once stood, above the door of the Duomo’s unfinished façade by Arnolfo di Cambio, 30 meters above the ground.
The rosone has a diameter of 6 meters and represents the Assumption and Crowning of the Virgin Mary; it is part of the extraordinary cycle of 44 glass walls made for the Florentine cathedral between 1394 and 1444, based on drawings of such artists as Donatello and Paolo Uccello. The rose window for the façade was designed by early Renaissance artist Lorenzo Ghiberti, the creator of the bronze doors of the Baptistery, and manufactured by master glass-maker Niccolò di Piero Tedesco.
If you’re in Florence over the summer, don’t miss this unique chance to observe up close the details of the composition and the nuances of colors, restored to their original splendor.
Click here to purchase your ticket, which, for €10, will also give you access to Brunelleschi's Dome, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistery of San Giovanni and the Crypt of Santa Reparata.