Italian Network – “Italian Culture in the World – Modern Patrons – Restoration of the ‘Pieta di Michelangelo’ in the Opera del Duomo in Florence Thanks to the Intervention of Friends of Florence,” September 17, 2020

The restoration of Michelangelo’s Pietà (also called Pietà Bandini or the Opera del Duomo), which began last November and was interrupted due to Covid-19, is resumed in the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo in Florence. For the first time, from Monday 21 September, it will be possible to access the restoration site thanks to special guided tours (reserved for a maximum of five people at a time) with the restorers and experts of the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore.

The first cleaning of the surface, finished on the back of the sculptural group and in the initial phase on the front, is bringing to light the colors resulting from previous treatments of the marble and unknown details of Michelangelo’s Pietà – from the signs of processing made with different tools, to the imprints of the pieces of the nineteenth-century cast – to the traces of previous interventions – hidden under a thick layer of dust deposits mixed with waxes, accumulated and modified in over 470 years of the life of the work.