|A theme itinerary: Michelangelo’s Florence
A walk for two days
Opera del Duomo Museum
This museum is just one of the activities of the Opera del Duomo foundation, a centuries old organization managing every aspect of the Cathedral and of the other religious monuments of the square. The courtyard of the museum is the place where Michelangelo sculpted the David. The larger part of the works of art exposed here comes from the outdoor decoration of the buildings, moved here to keep them safe indoor.
Michelangelo was always unsatisfied with his latest works and in this case he broke the sculpture into several pieces to destroy it but luckily his servant saved the work, collecting the portions and lately selling them to a local lord to make them restore by the sculptor Calcagni. Michelangelo repented of his act of rage against the sculpture and he suggested how to fix the statue, but he turned a blind eye to the poor workmanship of the last figure addition. The sculpture was lately moved to the Florence Cathedral, where it was displayed up to the 1960s, when it was placed inside the museum. We can still see the traces of the breaks on the body of the Christ.
The Pieta of Palestrina, we admired inside the Accademia Museum, belongs to the same period of the life of the artist. A third pieta of the eldest age is the Pieta Rondanini, which is in the Sforza Castle Museums in Milan. Lately we will visit the tomb of Michelangelo in Santa Croce, realized by Giorgio Vasari, without using any of these pietas.