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Duomo Front Door

Tom Gomez

Joined January 2008

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Main portal of the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, that is, the cathedral church (Duomo) of Florence, Italy.

The huge bronze doors modelled by Augusto Passaglia, date from 1899 to 1903. They are adorned with scenes from the life of the Madonna. The mosaics in the lunettes above the doors were designed by Niccolò Barabino. They represent (from left to right): Charity among the founders of Florentine philanthropic institutions, Christ enthroned with Mary and John the Baptist, Florentine artisans, merchants and humanists paying homage to the Faith.

The pediment above the central portal contains a half-relief by Tito Sarrocchi of Mary enthroned holding a flowered scepter

On top of the façade is a series of niches with the twelve Apostles with, in the middle, the Madonna with Child. Between the rose window and the tympanum, there is a gallery with busts of great Florentine artists.

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