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 The Museum of the Opera di Santa Croce 


Address: Piazza Santa Croce
The church of Santa Croce in Florence, ItalyThe Church of Santa Croce is both a fine example of Italian Gothic architecture and a museum in its own right of fourteenth century painting. Adjoining it and the famous Renaissance Chapel of the Pazzi (c. 1430) by Brunelleschi, is the Museo dell'Opera di Santa Croce, rearranged after the grave damage of the 1966 flood. The museum has many important Florentine works from the church and adjacent cloisters, while the large crucifixion by Cimabue (active 1372-1302) seriously damaged by the flood is in the Refectory. Despite its sadly damaged state it confirms Cimabue's position as the father of Western painting.
 
Detached frescoes by Taddeo Gaddi (c. 1290- 1366) and Orcagna (fourteenth century) found under sixteenth century whitewash are shown nearby with a group of important sculptures. Among these are glazed terracottas from the Della Robbia studio and the tomb of Gastone delle Torre by Tino da Camaino (c. 1280-1337). Perhaps the best piece is the large gilded bronze of St. Louis of Toulouse by the greatest Florentine Renaissance sculptor Donatello. Executed in 1423, it comes from a niche on Orsanmichele.


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