Museo dell'Opera del Duomo
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Museo dell'Opera del Duomo information
The collection here showcases artworks that formerly adorned the cathedral, including 12 statues of prophets and philosophers by Giovanni Pisano that originally stood on the facade. Many of the statues were designed to be viewed from ground level, which is why they look so distorted as they crane uncomfortably forward. The museum's highlight is Duccio di Buoninsegna's striking Maestà (1311), which was painted on both sides as a screen for the duomo 's high altar. Buy tickets from the duomo ticket office.
Duccio's main painting portrays the Virgin surrounded by angels, saints and prominent contemporary Sienese citizens; the rear panels (sadly incomplete) portray scenes from the Passion of Christ. Duccio also designed and painted the vibrant stained-glass window downstairs; it was originally in the duomo .