My article “Reopened Duomo’s original façade reconstructed in Florence” appears in The Art Newspaper. Here’s the lede:
The Museo dell’Opera del Duomo in Florence reopened on 29 October after a renovation that took two and a half years and includes a full-scale re-creation of the original façade of the Duomo, the city’s cathedral. The €45m-€50m project, which increases gallery space from 2,000 sq. m to 6,000 sq. m, allows the museum to mount an ambitious new display of its many masterpieces, including Lorenzo Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise (1425-52), Michelangelo’s Pietà Bandini (1547-55) and Donatello’s Penitent Magdalene (around 1455).
The centrepiece of the renovation is the great hall, whose dimensions rival those of the Sistine Chapel: 36m long, 20m high and 15m wide. It is now the largest single gallery space in Florence “and one of the biggest museum spaces in Italy”, says Timothy Verdon, the museum’s director.