Museo Opificio delle Pietre Dure, Florence

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  • Initially chosen as a filler of Monday morning, when everything else is closed, we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the exhibition and the beauty of the pieces on display. Don't miss the upstairs, with the work on display and, especially, the rough stones smoothed, a more beautiful and curious than the other.
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  • By entering this small museum we immediately attracted by works, that leave us amazed. In order to better understand how these are made it should be, IMHO, start your tour from the upper deck, where, since entering there are cases where it shows, step by step how to get from raw stone to the mosaic, how to make a cameo appearance etc. Amazing, right, exposure of gemstone and fossil Woods.
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  • Very interesting Museum with reproduction and very scenic, nice selection of tools used for the Cathedral
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  • The Museo delle Pietre Dure is located at the Opificio delle Pietre Dure (Workshop of Semi-Precious Stones). The Opificio was a famous artistic workshop of the Renaissance, established in 1588 by Ferdinando I de' Medici to provide the elaborate, inlaid precious and semi-precious stoneworks for monuments such as the Chapel of the Princes in the Basilica of San Lorenzo. The Opifico still exists today and is a leader in restoration and teaching of the technique. There are many examples of pietre dure in the museum including cabinets, table tops and "paintings". The decorations are usually flowers, fruits, animals and picturesque scenes. It was fascinating to see the paintings used as templates for some of the pietre dure works. There were also examples of a particular type of stone, paesina, extracted near Florence, the grain and colour of which has been used to create landscapes. The works are incredibly detailed and delicate. A 3-dimensional effect is created by depicting shadows using darker coloured stone. The multicoloured stones make the bodies of butterflies and leaf petals very realistic. Upstairs is an exhibition of the technical processes involved in creating the pietre dure works with some old cutting and polishing equipment. There are also at least 500 samples of polished rock exhibiting every colour you can think of. €4 entry and thoroughly interesting.
  • Really amazing. A smallish museum but full of incredibly amazing art you won't see anywhere else. There are pictures and tables that took decades to create. We also had a great English speaking tour guide (thanks Gabriel!) who was able to answer our questions and provide lots of interesting information.
  • Interesting museum if you have more than one day in Florence
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  • The first thing that impressed us is the price of this museum: 4€ normally and 2€ reduced (age depending, not for students). Inside it is quite small but there are a lot of wonderful carving and setting works to see. There are two floors in this museum while in the first there are this finished operas in the second there are the instruments used in a lab to work the stones and on a wall there is a collection of hundreds of the most famous stones used for those works like alabasters, granite, lapislazzuli etc. etc. This museum is not so much advertised and is quite hidden in Via degli Alfani, doesn't seems so nice from outside, but if you go in Florence you should visit it! The only defect is that maybe is too small but for that price it is acceptable.
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