Michelangelo's ‘Florentine Pieta’, also known as ‘Bandini Pieta’, is an emotive sculpture of the Virgin Mary cradling Jesus’s body after his crucifixion. Created in 1555-1564, it is considered to be one of Michelangelo's last works of art. Originally intended for the artist's own tomb, the unfinished sculpture showcases Michelangelo's mastery of the human form. The statue's importance lies in its artistic merit and for being a reflection of Michelangelo's religious beliefs and personal struggles.
Considered to be the best sculpture of the 15th century, Donatello displays a unique perspective through each of his sculptures. Donatello sculpts Mary Magdalene as a repentant sinner with an emaciated figure and wrinkles and tangible misery on her face. The carved wooden sculpture shows Magdalene malnourished with her hands clasped together as if she is in prayer. The emotional impact the sculpture creates is impactful; forcing you to experience the gamut of emotions that Mary goes through.
The stunning set of bronze doors that Lorenzo Ghiberti worked on for 27 years, can be seen across the east of the Duomo. Considered to be one of the finest examples of early Renaissance sculptures, Michaelangelo called the doors "The Gates of Paradise". These bronze doors feature ten panels that depict scenes from from the Old Testament in intricate detail. The original doors were replaced with replicas for preservation and are now displayed at the museum.
Luca della Robbia’s ‘Resurrection of Christ’ is a ceramic sculpture located in the Duomo Museum. Created by Andrea della Robbia in the 16th century, it depicts Jesus emerging from his tomb after his resurrection. The sculpture features intricate details, including the expressions on the faces of the soldiers who were guarding the tomb. The use of ceramic was innovative for the time, and the sculpture showcases the artist's skill in manipulating the medium to create a work of art that is both beautiful and emotionally powerful.
A. The Duomo Museum, established in 1891, is a museum that houses a collection of works of art from the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, including sculptures, paintings, and other decorative arts.
A. The Duomo Museum or the Operal del Duomo was established in 1891.
A. The Duomo Museum has a vast collection of art with more than 750 pieces from the 14th and 15th-centuries. Some of the prominent collection in the Duomo Museum includes ‘Gates of Paradise; by Lorenzo Ghiberti, ‘Penitent Magdalene’ by Donatello, and the ‘Florentine Pieta’ by Michaelangelo.
A. Tickets to Duomo Museum are available online as well as at the venue. It is recommended that you can buy the tickets online so you can avoid crowds at the museum.
A. The Duomo Museum is open from 8:30 AM to 7:45 PM.
A. The duration of your museum visit can vary, but you might need anywhere from 1-2 hours to view all the important exhibits.
A. Yes, you can visit the Duomo Museum with Duomo Florence tickets. However, you need to ensure that your tickets include access to the museum.
A. Some of the key exhibits Duomo Museum include ‘Gates of Paradise’ by Lorenzo Ghiberti, ‘Penitent Magdalene’ by Donatello and ‘Pieta by Michaelangelo’, among many others.
A. A set of gilded bronze doors by Lorenzo Ghibert, the Gates of Paradise is considered one of the greatest achievements of Renaissance art. Depicting scenes from the Old Testament in intricate detail, they were the gates to the Baptistery of San Giovanni. Today, the originals are housed in the Duomo Museum, while a pair of replicas stand in front of the Baptistery.
A. Yes, photography and videography are allowed in most areas of the museum, but flash photography is prohibited.
A. Yes, the museum is accessible for visitors with disabilities, including wheelchair access and an elevator.