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This section is devoted to tools for analytical research, consisting in a historical archive, a library and a photographic library. The page also hosts all of the publications produced directly by the Opera della Metropolitana to further scholarship and research into the monumental complex in its entirety, including the Cathedral, the Crypt, the Baptistry, the Museum and all of the invaluable historic, cultural and artistic treasures entrusted to its care.
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Historical Archive

The recently restructured Historical Archive houses the documents produced by the Opera della Metropolitana in the course of its various activities down the ages, including the construction of the Cathedral, marbly quarrying and territorial development, property management, accountancy, the supply of raw materials and much more. This historical collection is therefore of crucial importance for the history of Siena’s artistic and architectural heritage and much more besides inasmuch as it holds all of the documentation relating to the Cathedral Fabric and all business handled by the Sienese Fabbriceria, the Cathedral trust, dating back to the early years of the 13th century. The collection’s oldest document is a notarial deed dated May 1085, and it also includes an important musical collection comprising a considerable number of religious musical scores and a valuable collection of choir books.

The archive benefits from a specific analytical tool entitled L’archivio dell’Opera della Metropolitana di Siena, an inventory edited by S. MOSCADELLI, Munich Bruckmann, 1995 (Die Kirchen von Siena. Beiheft, 1).

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Historic archive: opening hours for the general public

The archive is open to the public from 10.00 am to 1.30 pm on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

To make the most of our service offering research guidelines, we strongy advise you to make an appointment with a member of the archive’s staff by writing to archivio@operaduomo.siena.it or by calling us on +39 0577 283048 (extension 117).

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library

The current library was formed chiefly in the early years of this century on the basis of the Enzo Carli Collection which that celebrated Sienese and Pisan art historian’s children donated to the Opera della Metropolitana in September 2000. The body of the collection consists in specialist works on the history of Siena and its Cathedral and on Sienese art, in particular of the medieval and Gothic periods, as well as a considerable number of monographs on artists of the most recent avant-garde movements and a large selection of texts on art criticism and on iconography. The collection comprises some 12,000 titles and is complemented by a photographic library containing roughly 11,000 black-and-white prints depicting works of art from many different areas and eras.

In its determination to maximise its documentary collections’ potential and to promote the public’s acquaintaince with them, the Opera della Metropolitana has subscribed to the Servizio Bibliotecario Senese (SBS), the Sienese Library Service: consult the catalogue here

Library: opening hours for the general public

The library is open to the public from 9.00 am to 1.30 pm Tuesday to Friday.

To make the most of our service offering research guidelines we strongy advise you to make an appointment with a member of the library’s staff by writing to opabiblioteca@operalaboratori.com or by calling us on +39 0577 283048 (extension 4)

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photographic library

The Opera della Metropolitana’s collection of photographs relating to the works of art in its ownership consists chiefly in black-and-white or colour photographs on paper. The collection also includes a digital image section.

Photographic library: opening hours for the general public

The Photographic Library may be consulted from Monday to Friday by prior arrangement only.
For further information please write to opacultura@operalaboratori.com or call us on +39 0577 530032 (extension 3).
For reproduction rights, please write to direzione@operaduomo.siena.it or call us on +39 0577 283048.

Volumes

Virginis Templum 2013
Virginis Templum
Marilena Caciorgna
Sillabe
Siena, Duomo, Cripta, Battistero
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2010
La Foglia d'oro. Il segreto della Maestà di Duccio
Francesca Fumi Cambi Gado
Edizioni Polistampa
Florence
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Cum bona tum mala 2009-2010, Anno XII Numero 13, Anno XIV Numero 14
Cum bona tum mala, Interpreting church art
edited and with an introduction by MARIO LORENZONI.
Quaderni dell'Opera
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Le sculture del duomo di Siena 2009
Le sculture del duomo di Siena
edited by Mario Lorenzoni, coordinated by Marilena Caciorgna
Silvana Editoriale
Cinisello Balsamo
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Le pitture del duomo di Siena 2008
Le Pitture del Duomo di Siena
edited by Mario Lorenzoni
Silvana Editoriale
Cinisello Balsamo
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la Facciata del Duomo di Siena 2007
La Facciata del Duomo di Siena. Iconografia, stile, indagini storiche e scientifiche
a cura e con un'introduzione di Mario Lorenzoni
Silvana Editoriale
Cinisello Balsamo
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2007
Museo dell'Opera – Siena. Dipinti
text by Barbara Tavolari
Silvana Editoriale
Cinisello Balsamo
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2006-2008, Anno X Numero 10, Anno XI Numero 11, Anno XII Numero 12
Sacro e profano nel Duomo di Siena - Interpreting church art
edited and with an introduction by MARIO LORENZONI
Quaderni dell'Opera
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2006
Le campane di Siena nella storia della città, with an essay by Mino Marchetti
Sauro Cantini, Introduction by Italo Moretti
Edizioni Cantagalli
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2005
Studi interdisciplinari sul Pavimento del Duomo di Siena. Iconografia, stile, indagini scientifiche
edited by Marilena Caciorgna, Roberto Guerrini and Mario Lorenzoni
Edizioni Cantagalli
Siena
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Il concilio di Pavia  Siena 2004
Il Concilio di Pavia-Siena 1423-1424. Verso la crisi del conciliarismo
Walter Brandmüller, translation by Michele Barbieri
Edizioni Cantagalli
Siena
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Il Pavimento del Duomo di Siena 2004
Il pavimento del duomo di Siena. L'arte della tarsia marmorea dal XIV al XIX secolo. Fonti e simbologia
Marilena Caciorgna, Roberto Guerrini, photographs by Andrea and Fabio Lensini
Silvana Editoriale
Cinisello Balsamo
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Forte Fortuna 2003-2005 Anno VII Numero 7, Anno VIII Numero 8, Anno IX Numero 9
Forte Fortuna, Interpreting church art
edited and with an introduction by MARIO LORENZONI, ROBERTO GUERRINI
Quaderni dell'Opera
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2003
Sotto il duomo di Siena. Scoperte archeologiche, architettoniche e figurative
edited by Roberto Guerrini in conjunction with Max Seidel
Silvana Editoriale
Cinisello Balsamo
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Imago Virginis 2000-2002 Anno IV Numero 4, Anno V Numero 5, Anno VI Numero 6
Imago Virginis, Dall'arte delle origini alla Libreria Piccolomini, Interpreting church art
edited and with an introduction by MARIO LORENZONI, ROBERTO GUERRINI
Quaderni dell'Opera
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Ianua Coeli 1999 Anno III Numero 3
Ianua Coeli, Interpreting church art
edited and with an introduction by SENIO BRUSCHELLI
Quaderni dell'Opera
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1998
La ricerca delle origini, Interpreting church art
edited and with an introduction by SENIO BRUSCHELLI
Quaderni dell'Opera
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Il Duomo come libro aperto 1997 Anno I Numero 1
Il Duomo come libro aperto, Interpreting church art
edited and with an introduction by SENIO BRUSCHELLI
Quaderni dell'Opera
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