Exterior View, The Uffizi Gallery

The Uffizi Gallery

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Interior View, The Uffizi Gallery
Interior View, The Uffizi Gallery

Interior View, The Uffizi Gallery

Exterior View, The Uffizi Gallery

Exterior View, The Uffizi Gallery

Interior View, The Uffizi Gallery

Interior View, The Uffizi Gallery

Thanks to its extraordinary collections of paintings and ancient statues, the Uffizi is one of the most famous museums in the world. It exhibits artistic masterpieces by Giotto, Simone Martini, Piero della Francesca, Filippo Lippi, Botticelli, Mantegna, Correggio, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo and Caravaggio. German, Dutch and Flemish masters are also well represented with important works by Dürer, Rembrandt and Rubens. The Uffizi Gallery occupies the top floor of a large building erected by Giorgio Vasari between 1560 and 1580 to house the administrative offices of the Tuscan State. The Gallery was created by Grand-Duke Francesco I and was subsequently enriched by various members of the Medici family, who were great collectors of paintings, sculpture and other works of art. The collection was later rearranged and enlarged by the Lorraine Grand-Dukes, who succeeded the Medici, and finally, by the Italian State.

Collection Highlights


Michelangelo Buonarroti

Holy Family, known as the “Doni Tondo”

Raphael

Mary, Christ and the Young John the Baptist, known as the “Madonna of the Goldfinch”

Leonardo da Vinci

Annunciation

Piero della Francesca

The Duke and Duchess of Urbino Federico da Montefeltro and Battista Sforza

Giotto

Virgin and Child Enthroned, Surrounded by Angels and Saints (Ognissanti Maestà)

Sandro Botticelli

Birth of Venus
The Uffizi Gallery: Collection Highlights

Michelangelo Buonarroti

Holy Family, known as the “Doni Tondo”, 1505-1506
Tempera grassa on wood, 120 cm (diameter)

Raphael

Mary, Christ and the Young John the Baptist, known as the “Madonna of the Goldfinch”, c. 1505 - 1506
Oil on wood, 107 x 77.2 cm

Leonardo da Vinci

Annunciation, 1472
oil on wood, 90 x 222 cm.

Piero della Francesca

The Duke and Duchess of Urbino Federico da Montefeltro and Battista Sforza, c. 1473-1475
oil on wood , 47 x 33 cm each
One of the most celebrated portraits of the Italian Renaissance, the diptych features the Duke of Urbino, Federico da Montefeltro (1422-1482) and his wife Battista Sforza (1446-1472). In the tradition of the fourteenth century, inspired by the design of ancient coins, the two figures are shown in profile, an angle that ensured a good likeness and a faithful representation of facial details without allowing their sentiments to show through. One of the Piero della Francesca's most famous works, the double portrait is representative of the relationship between the painter and the Duke and Duchess of Montefeltro; Piero was a frequent guest at their court, which would soon become one of the most important cultural and artistic hearts of Italy.

Giotto

Virgin and Child Enthroned, Surrounded by Angels and Saints (Ognissanti Maestà), c. 1300 - 1305
Tempera on wood, gold background , 325 x 204 cm
Painted when the artist was already extremely well known and greatly in demand all over Italy, the masterpiece stands out for the naturalism with which it develops this traditional subject. The decorative elements on the clothing are reduced to a minimum to bring out the full plastic nature of the bodies, which are shaped by light and shade. For over a century, this composition was a model of inspiration for Florentine painters.

Sandro Botticelli

Birth of Venus , 1483-1485
Tempera on canvas, 172.5 cm × 278.9 cm (67.9 in × 109.6 in)
Known as the “Birth of Venus”, the composition actually shows the goddess of love and beauty arriving on land, on the island of Cyprus, born of the sea spray and blown there by the winds, Zephyr and, perhaps, Aura. The goddess is standing on a giant scallop shell, as pure and as perfect as a pearl. She is met by a young woman, who is sometimes identified as one of the Graces or as the Hora of spring, and who holds out a cloak covered in flowers. Even the roses, blown in by the wind are a reminder of spring.

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