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This building started out as the headquarters for the Capitano del Popolo (Captain of the People) during the Middle Ages, and was later a prison. Today it houses the Museo Nazionale, home to what is probably the finest collection of Renaissance sculpture in Italy. Masterpieces by Michelangelo (1475–1564), Donatello (circa 1386–1466), and Benvenuto Cellini (1500–71) are remarkable; the works are distributed among an eclectic collection of arms, ceramics, and miniature bronzes, among other things. In 1401 Filippo Brunelleschi (1377–1446) and Lorenzo Ghiberti (circa 1378–1455) competed to earn the most prestigious commission of the day: the decoration of the north doors of the Baptistery in Piazza del Duomo. For the contest, each designed a bronze bas-relief panel depicting the sacrifice of Isaac; the panels are displayed together in the room devoted to the sculpture of Donatello, on the upper floor. According to Ghiberti, the judges chose him, though Brunelleschi maintained... READ MORE

This building started out as the headquarters for the Capitano del Popolo (Captain of the People) during the Middle Ages, and was later a prison. Today it houses the Museo Nazionale, home to what is probably the finest collection of Renaissance sculpture in Italy. Masterpieces by Michelangelo (1475–1564), Donatello (circa 1386–1466), and Benvenuto Cellini (1500–71) are remarkable; the works are distributed among an eclectic collection of arms, ceramics, and miniature bronzes, among other things. In 1401 Filippo Brunelleschi (1377–1446) and Lorenzo Ghiberti (circa 1378–1455) competed to earn the most prestigious commission of the day: the decoration of the north doors of the Baptistery in Piazza del Duomo. For the contest, each designed a bronze bas-relief panel depicting the sacrifice of Isaac; the panels are displayed together in the room devoted to the sculpture of Donatello, on the upper floor. According to Ghiberti, the judges chose him, though Brunelleschi maintained that they were both hired for the commission. See whom you believe after visiting.

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Via del Proconsolo 4
Florence, Tuscany  50122, Italy

055-294883

www.polomuseale.firenze.it

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Rate Includes: €9, Closed 1st, 3rd, 5th Mon. of month; closed 2nd and 4th Sun. of month

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