logo Vaycaypedia

your travel guide

« Go to List « Go to Map

Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore (Museo dell'Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore), Florence

Overview

Original doors of Lorenzo Ghiberti's 'Gate of Heaven', displayed at Museo dell'Opera
Original doors of Lorenzo Ghiberti's 'Gate of Heaven', displayed at Museo dell'Opera

Photo by Yair Haklai on Wikimedia Commons

The Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore is a museum containing originals of the artworks created for the Florence Duomo (Cathedral of Santa Maria Del Fiore). It contains Lorenzo Ghiberti's original "Gates of Paradise", the doors created for the Baptistery of Florence Cathedral, the "Deposition", a pietà sculpted by Michelangelo which he intended for his own tomb, Donatello's "Penitent Magdalene", a wooden sculpture of Mary Magdalene created around 1453-1455 for the Baptistery of Florence, and Luca della Robbia and Donatello's two singing-galleries (cantorias) carved in marble, in the form of balconies for the choir-singers and the organ. These were originally placed on either side of the high altar, above the doors of the two sacristies.