The Opificio delle Pietre Dure, or, “Workshop of Semi-Precious Stones” is instrumental in the preservation and conservation of art restoration. Acting both as a museum and an Italian state conservation school (only one of two in the country), the Opificio delle Pietre Dure has a long and rich history of the creation, restoration, and conservation of art. Established in 1588 by Ferdinando I de’Medici, it has produced such masterpieces like the decoration of the Cappella dei Principi in the Basilica di San Lorenzo di Firenze. The small museum that joins the institution houses examples of Pietre Dure works, its most grand display being a large baroque fireplace covered in the coveted green stone malachite.
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