Opera di Santa Croce museum - Florence

The Opera di Santa Croce is a non-religious institution created in the late XIVth century which was in charge of the management and the administration of Santa Croce.

The convent was enlarged in the XVth century with the construction of the Cappella del Noviziato by Michelozzo, decorated by Andrea della Robbia and ordered by Cosimo il Vecchio de Medicis. The Cappella Pazzi, Brunelleschi's emblematic work, was built thanks to Andrea Pazzi's patronage. Ordered in 1429, it is one of the architect's most beautiful works. The edifice was made under a greek-cross plan, has 3 naves and is topped by a dome with pendentives. The decoration made of glass ceramic was made by Luca della Robbia. The six column porticos, on which fall a barrel vault and a small dome in the middle, offers a remarkable effect on the Chiostro dei Morti's garden. The Chiostro Grande, the second convent's cloister, was also made by Brunelleschi. The museum is in the refectory, by which you access by the Chiostro dei Morti or the Cloister of the Dead. The museum contains the most famous item of the convent: the wooden crucifix made by Cimabue which was nearly destroyed during the 1966 flood. You can also admire frescos by Taddeo Gaddi, Andrea Orcagna and Domenico Veneziano. You can also observe the statue of Saint-Ludovic of Toulouse. Made by Donatello in 1423, it was ordered by the Parte Guelfa whose patron is Saint-Ludovic. It was first to be placed outside the Orsanmichele church.

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