1) GOLDEN DOORS - The central courtyard displays Ghiberti's original Gates of Paradise as their restoration is completed: the original doors facing the Duomo can be admired in their magnificent golden splendor and up close.
|Tom at the Golden Doors|
|Rob in front of the replica doors|
|The Gates of Paradise|
|close up of door handles|
|close up of door figures in 3-D|
3-D FIGURES: The figures on the door were carved in 3-D, so we took some close up photos.
2) THE MOST UNATTRACTIVE STATUE - One of the most grotesque statues (in our opinion) was of Mary Magdelene of the bible. According to Turismo.inotscana.it, "A late work by the great artist Donatello, whose other pieces in this museum demonstrate his wide stylistic range, Mary Magdalen is shown as a penitent hermit, all traces of worldly beauty gone. The browned wood gives her the
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