I had Ghiberti’d pass, so I decided to go to the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo right after my visit to the Duomo and Santa Riparata. I had visited the Museum very briefly before, I knew what to expect and was itching to see the treasures of the Duomo carefully preserved in the outstanding building of the museum.
You can come to the museum really prepared, but when you see Michelangelo’s “Pietà”, you just freeze on the spot and gasp…Michelangelo sculpted it as an older man, between 1547 and 1555, unlike its famous sister in the San Pietro Basilica in Rome, which he had completed at the age of 24. How much grief. pain, despair and suffering is expressed in every tormented turn of the bodies … And who is the Pietà’s neighbor? Donatello’s La Maddalena Penitente! Stunning!
You can learn about the history of the dome construction, look at the tools and machinery invented by Brunelleschi himself for his robust architectural solution, admire the statues, which were decorating the walls of the Duomo back in the old days… You can really get a feeling what a wonder Duomo was… and still is.
As always, I lost track of time and forgot to eat. Luckily, the cafe at the museum is pretty good, so I got my favorite tramezzini al salmone, a pastry and a cup of much needed strong coffee.