The Opera del Duomo Museum

History and culture

The Opera del Duomo Museum

The treasures of the cathedral

The Opera del Duomo Museum

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La storia della città di Orvieto e del suo Duomo, ripercorsa attraverso le preziose collezioni artistiche che la Fabbriceria conserva da più di otto secoli. Il percorso interseca il tessuto urbano della città, dalla Piazza del Duomo fino al millenario quartiere di San Giovenale e alla storica Chiesa di Sant'Agostino

The Museum of the Opera del Duomo of Orvieto (M.O.D.O) is located in the ancient papal palaces next to the cathedral of Orvieto. The museum exhibits sculptures and paintings of great value, some of which are part of the “trousseau” of the Duomo. Of great importance are also precious objects of goldsmith art and sacred furnishings also coming from the cathedral.

Through the various locations of the museum you have an in-depth knowledge of the history of the city and the Cathedral. The most important collection is located inside the papal palaces, adjacent to the cathedral.
The museum itinerary inside the papal palaces is made up on the ground floor of the Fresco Gallery with 14th and 15th century murals; on the first floor are the Sala della Maestà and the Rooms of Wonders. Here is the original fourteenth-century sculptural group of the Madonna Enthroned with Child and Angels with valuable works by the most authoritative artists of the past from Coppo di Marcovaldo, Arnolfo di Cambio, Simone Martini, Luca Signorelli and Niccolò Circignani. Finally, the Sala delle Sinopie, where it is possible to admire preparatory sketches of the frescoes in the Corporal Chapel, precious goldsmiths and sculptures of various kinds.

On the ground floor of the noble Palazzo Soliano there is instead the Emilio Greco museum of modern art which houses a collection of 32 bronze sculptures and 60 graphic works (lithographs, drawings and etchings) by the Sicilian artist Emilio Greco, to whom we also owe the sculptures of the bronze doors of the Cathedral.