Uffizi Gallery: the hidden symbolism of Renaissance

Uffizi Gallery is one of the most important museum in the world. Visiting it you can feel the real Renaissance touch.

The Uffizi Gallery boasts exceptional collections of paintings and ancient sculptures. Among the paintings dating back to the 14th century and Renaissance period, plenty of masterpieces such as by Giotto, Simone Martini, Piero della Francesca, Beato Angelico, Filippo Lippi, Botticelli, Mantegna, Correggio, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, as well as by pre-eminent German, Dutch and Flemish painters.

The invaluable collection of statues and busts adorning the corridors was gathered by the Medici family and is made up of Roman copies after lost Greek originals. Originally built to host the administrative offices of the Medici’s government (that’s why is called Uffizi = Offices). Today the Gallery is located on the last floor of the imposing building constructed between 1560 and 1580 after a design by Giorgio Vasari.

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The Uffizi gallery was built in 1581, under the request of Granduca Francisco de’ Medici, son of Cosimo I.

About Uffizi Gallery at Florence

The original design was that of Giorgio Vasari, one of the leading painters and architects during the 15th century. His plan for this museum was quite a strategically planned building as it was constructed adjacent to the Medici Palace and extended until the Arno river, over the Ponte Vecchio bridge. The space was originally intended for offices and to host bureaucratic meetings for various magistrates as apposed to holding masterpieces as it is today. It was built rapidly despite minor difficulties and major social events taking place in the area (ie: the marriage of Francisco and the Giovanna of Austria).

In 1584, the magnificent Octagonal Platform (or ‘Tribuna Ottagonale’) was built by Vasari’s successor Buontalenti. This special cosmological structure consists of a weathercock which connects to an inside pointer alluding to the Air element. The sky vault and red upholstery allude to the Water and Fire elements respectively. There is an extraordinary octagonal table preserved since since 1589 which sits in the middle of the room.

Since the 1866 art work increment decisions were made to expand the exposition to the Vasariano Corridors too, where at one stage you found the Mediceo Theatre (opened in 1586 and located on two floors in the rooms of the actual design and print studio) their they built new halls.

Today, the Uffizi is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world. In high season (particularly in July), waiting times can be up to five hours.

Some of the most famous paintings located in the Uffizi Gallery:

birth of venus by botticelli
La nascita di Venere, 1482-1485 (The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli)
La Primavera (The Spring, by Sandro Botticelli)
La Primavera, 1482 (The Spring, by Sandro Botticelli)
Annunciazione (Annunciation by Leonardo da Vinci)
Annunciazione, 1472-1475 (Annunciation by Leonardo da Vinci)
Venere di Urbino (Venus of Urbino by Tiziano)
Venere di Urbino, 1538 (Venus of Urbino by Tiziano)
Giovane Bacco (Young Baccus by Caravaggio)
Giovane Bacco, 1596 (Young Baccus by Caravaggio)

See the complete list and images of Uffizi paintings here: http://www.uffizi.com/the-paitings-uffizi-gallery.asp

Do you want to book your visit to Uffizi Gallery, go to the official web site now.



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