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Donatello's 'St. John the Evangelist.' Image by Richardfabi. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

15th century Florence Cathedral sculptures on view in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) – More than two dozen early 15th-century sculptures created for Florence Cathedral are making an unprecedented appearance in New York City.

The Museum of Biblical Art on Manhattan’s Upper West Side is the sole worldwide venue for the exhibition “Sculpture in the Age of Donatello.”

Most have never been seen outside Italy.

The trove is on loan during renovations at the cathedral’s Museo dell’Opera del Duomo.

It includes Donatello’s Saint John the Evangelist, which was carved for the cathedral facade.

Other works include the Florentine Renaissance master’s life-size marble Lo Zuccone. The work depicting the prophet Habakkuk was made for the cathedral’s bell tower.

The 23 works also include Brunelleschi’s wood models for the cathedral’s soaring dome.

The exhibition runs through June 14.

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