Author: Anna Mitrano

November 2, 2006

Museo dell’Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore

The Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore was established by the Florentine Republic to supervise the construction of the Cathedral, the first stone of which was laid on Sept. 8, 1296. In 1331, the institution came under the patronage of the Arte della Lana (the wool guild), whose symbol, the