Friends of Florence provides financial support directly to Florence's restoration laboratories to refurbish, safeguard, and make available to the public a broad range of art from paintings and sculptures to architectural elements and collections.

The restoration of Michelangelo's Pietà dell’Opera del Duomo, better known as the Bandini Pietà, in the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo in Florence has been completed. Begun in November 2019 but delayed several times due to the Covid-19 health crisis, the restoration process provided a unique opportunity to gain a better understanding of the sculpture's complex history, the various phases in its creation, and the Renaissance master’s techniques. After a comprehensive evaluation and meticulous cleaning, the legibility of one of Michelangelo's most intense and troubled masterpieces is vastly improved and a deeper understanding of his intent and artistic challenges revealed.
Earthly lovers of the Basilica of San Miniato al Monte and supporters of American non-profit organization Friends of Florence gathered in the hilltop place of worship this morning to behold a miraculous restoration.

The Chapel of the Cardinal of Portugal, a milestone in the development of Florentine Renaissance art, was reopened today after being restored under the supervision of Dr. Maria Maugeri and the Fine Arts Department of Florence, Pistoia and Prato. The restoration, performed by a team of expert restorers, was made possible thanks to a donation from the Friends of Florence.

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