Sneak Peek At The Renovated Opera dell'Duomo In Florence

One of the most impressive restoration projects in the world, after 45 million euros spent, some of Florence's most important medieval and Renaissance sculptures have a new home in the revamped space in the expanded Museo dell’Opera del Duomo which will open to the public next week, on October 29th. I had the chance to attend the press preview yesterday and there was a vibrant energy in the air as we toured the three floors, housing over 750 works, 200 displayed for the first time in the 25 exhibit halls.

The museum was initially established in 1891 to preserve the masterpieces that were recovered from some of Florence’s main architectural sites, among the most famous works, Michelangelo's Pietà, originally meant for Michelangelo’s own tomb and made when Michelangelo was almost 80. It portrays the artist lowering Christ’s body into Mary’s arms.

Many of the pieces include those by famous artists such as Andrea Pisano, Lorenzo Ghiberti, Donatello, Luca della Robbia, Antonio Pollaiuolo, Andrea del Verrocchio, Michelangelo Buonarroti were made to be housed in the exterior or interior areas of the Duomo and baptistery. Reuniting works made to stand in close proximity but later separated, the installation in this 1500 square foot space will reactivate the dialogue between Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the early and later Renaissance that once made Florence famous. From precious liturgical textiles to twenty-seven embroidered panels designed by Pollaiuolo in the 1460s, there is much to see in this important place. Including a panoramic terrace on the 3rd floor. 

The museum will be open daily from from 9.00 am to 7:00 pm. A single ticket of 15 euro including the visit to the Museum and in addition the Baptistry, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Brunelleschi's Dome, the Crypt of Santa Reparata. On October 29th, the museum will be open to the public for free from 3pm-6pm,