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Museo dell'Opera del Duomo (Cathedral Museum)

Museo dell'Opera del Duomo (Cathedral Museum) Review

At press time, the museum was undergoing some serious expansion, and the results will be splendid when work is completed in October 2015. In the meantime, you can still see two of the museum's greatest treasures, Lorenzo Ghiberti's newly and brilliantly restored Doors of Paradise and Michelangelo's Pietà, which are on temporary display. Michelangelo's heart-wrenching Pietà (not to be confused with his more famous Pietà in St. Peter's in Rome) was unfinished at his death; the female figure supporting the body of Christ on the left was added by Tiberio Calcagni (1532–65), and never has the difference between competence and genius been manifested so clearly.

Updated: 12-04-2013

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