The Loggia del Bigallo is found in the heart of Florence in piazza del Duomo, and was originally built in the middle of the 14th century for the Compagnia della Misericordia, along with the adjacent oratory. Later, in 1425, it became home also to the Compagnia del Bigallo, named after the hospice responsible for Santa Maria a Fonteviva, also known as Bigallo. In 1904, this place saw the reunion of some of the works that had once been commissioned by or donated to the Compagnia, and then lost through chance occurrences.
Reordered in 1976, the collection includes artworks that unite devotion and history, affirming the life of the Confraternity from the 14th to the 17th centuries. Among these are the Crucifix of the Maestro del Bigallo, the works of Bernard Daddi and his workshop, and of Niccolò di Pietro Gerini.
You can also see the 14th-century Madonna della Misericordia, floating above the oldest panorama of Florence, in which you can recognise the baptistery and the incomplete facade of the Duomo. Space is given not only to paintings but also sculptures, such as those of the mid 14th-century Alberto Arnoldi, to whom we also owe the niches and sculptures in the loggia.