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Uffizi Gallery: Adored art gallery of Florence

Posted on January 26, 2011 | Art Museums2 Comments

Tucked in the Palazzo degli Uffizi that is referred to as a palazzo in Italy, the Uffizi Gallery is among the most celebrated as well as ancient art museums in the western globe. This 16th century edifice is now the home of some 49 rooms of which 45 are on the second floor all of which show the paintings chronologically right from 13th until 18th century. Among these, the most valuable set of paintings in the Uffizi gallery are indicated by the Italian Renaissance artists despite the fact that many rooms are dedicated to the other artists’ works including French, Dutch, Flemish, and German. Besides the paintings, you will even come across a great display of Roman sculptures showing emperors, portraits, and religious themes in the adorned corridors of frescoes as well as carved ceilings.

Talking about the ground floor, the Uffizi gallery holds the relics of San Piero Scheraggio’s old Romanesque church that was somewhat damaged by Vasari in order to erect this gallery. On its second floor, you will come across the Prints and Drawings Department that houses among the world’s most vital collections that was first initiated in the 17th century by the Cardinal Leopoldo. Coming to the visit by rooms, you will get into the big rooms where you can marvel at the huge altarpieces of Duccio di Buoninsegna and Giotto, western painting’s foremost notable instances, noteworthy pieces by the Siennese artists of the 14th century like the brothers named Ambrogio and Piero Lorenzetti and Simone Martini.

In the subsequent rooms, there are a few superb pieces revealing the lnternational Gothic style. Among these, the most remarkable is that of the Adoration of the Magi from two different artists namely Lorenzo Monaco and Gentile da Fabriano. After this, there are some very vital rooms of the Uffizi gallery that house the collection from the early Renaissance. This includes the masterpieces from Masaccio, Piero della Francesca, Domenico Veneziano, and Paolo Uccello. Further, check out for the stylish Madonnas of Filippo Lippi as well as the mythological tales and the religious arts from Sandro Botticelli whose finest works are preserved in this museum including the Birth of Venus, Pomegranate Madonnas, and the Primavera. Then, the museum also is the home of the works by Signorelli, Perugino, Leonardo da Vinci, and Piero di Cosimo. Of Leonardo, there is a painting of the Baptism of Christ, the Adoration of the Magi, and the Annunciation.

Now, there are rooms labeled from 18 to 23, which are the most ancient ones in the Uffizi Gallery. Here, the main highlight is the Tribuna that was once the residence of many valuable works as well as items. But currently, it is also the home of many pictures of the Medici family and Medici Venus, the most ancient sculpture in the gallery. The then coming rooms were once the armories and are today housing additional paintings that are made by the artists of the Renaissance period including the foreign as well as national artists’ works such as Bellini, Correggio, Dürer, Giorgione, Mantegna, and Memling.

Move further on the west side and you can then adore a series of additional masterpieces that date back to the 16th century. These include Michelangelo’s Tondo Doni, Titian’s Venus of Urbin and Flora, and Raphael’s Madonna of the goldfinch. Look for the rich zone of Mannerism that encompasses the brainchild of Rosso Fiorentino, Pontormo, and Parmigianino along with the known Venetian artists like Veronese, Sebastiano del Piombo, and Tintoretto. Lastly, you can admire a few 17th century masterpieces that were from the popular Italian artists such as Carracci as well as the Dutch ones like Rembrandt.

Do not forget to visit the celebrated Vasari Corridor erected in the 16th century by Vasari. Connecting the Uffizi gallery with the Palazzo Vecchio, the passage passes over the Arno River and takes one to the Boboli gardens as well as Palazzo Pitti. After being restored, it is now the home of more than 700 works that is primarily comprised of the vital self-portraits. To visit this corridor, you need to be in a group and also need to book well in advance for a trip.

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