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The Uffizi
Gallery (Italian: Galleria degli Uffizi, pronounced [ɡalleˈriːa deʎʎ ufˈfittsi]) is a prominent art museum located adjacent to the Piazza della Signoria
Piazza della Signoria
in the Historic Centre of Florence
in the region of Tuscany, Italy. One of the most important Italian museums, and the most visited, it is also one of the largest and best known in the world, and holds a collection of priceless works, particularly from the period of the Italian Renaissance. After the ruling house of Medici died out, their art collections were gifted to the city of Florence
under the famous Patto di famiglia negotiated by Anna Maria Luisa, the last Medici heiress. The Uffizi
is one of the first modern museums. The gallery had been open to visitors by request since the sixteenth century, and in 1765 it was officially opened to the public, formally becoming a museum in 1865.[3] Today, the Uffizi
is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Florence
and one of the most visited art museums in the world.[4] The Uffizi
hosted over two million visitors in 2016, making it the most visited art gallery in Italy.[1] In high season (particularly in July), waiting times can be up to five hours. Tickets are available on-line in advance, however, to significantly reduce the waiting time.[5] The museum is being renovated to more than double the number of rooms used to display artwork.[6]


1 History 2 Modern times 3 Key works 4 Selected highlights 5 See also 6 External links 7 Notes


Visitors observing Michelangelo
painting Doni Tondo. Uffizi
is ranked as the 25th on the most visited art museums in the world, with around 2 million visitors annually.

The building of Uffizi
complex was begun by Giorgio Vasari
Giorgio Vasari
in 1560 for Cosimo I de' Medici so as to accommodate the offices of the Florentine magistrates, hence the name uffizi, "offices". The construction was later continued by Alfonso Parigi and Bernardo Buontalenti; it was completed in 1581. The top floor was made into a gallery for the family and their guests and included their collection of Roman sculptures.[7] The cortile (internal courtyard) is so long and narrow, and open to the Arno
at its far end through a Doric screen that articulates the space without blocking it, that architectural historians[8] treat it as the first regularized streetscape of Europe. Vasari, a painter and architect as well, emphasised its perspective length by the matching facades' continuous roof cornices, and unbroken cornices between storeys and the three continuous steps on which the palace-fronts stand. The niches in the piers that alternate with columns filled with sculptures of famous artists in the 19th century.

Cosimo de' Medici
Cosimo de' Medici
by Luigi Magi and Andrea Di Cione (Orcagna) by Niccolò Bazzanti

The Uffizi
brought together under one roof the administrative offices and the Archivio di Stato, the state archive. The project commissioned by Cosimo I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany
Cosimo I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany
was intended to display prime art works of the Medici collections on the piano nobile; the plan was carried out by his son, Grand Duke Francesco I. He commissioned the architect Buontalenti to design of the Tribuna degli Uffizi
that would display a series of masterpieces in one room, including jewels; it became a highly influential attraction of a Grand Tour. The octagonal room was completed in 1584.[9] Over the years, more sections of the palace were recruited to exhibit paintings and sculpture collected or commissioned by the Medici. According to Vasari, who was not only the architect of the Uffizi
but also the author of Lives of the Artists, published in 1550 and 1568, artists such as Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci
and Michelangelo
gathered at the Uffizi
"for beauty, for work and for recreation."[10] For many years, 45 to 50 rooms were used to display paintings from the 13th to 18th century.[5] The major modernization project, New Uffizi, had increased that to 101 rooms by late 2016 by expanding into areas previously used by the Florence
State Archive.[6] The Uffizi
is the 6th of the top ten art museums based on data collected by TripAdvisor[11] Modern times[edit] Because of its huge collection, some of its works have in the past been transferred to other museums in Florence—for example, some famous statues to the Bargello. A project was finished in 2006 to expand the museum's exhibition space some 6,000 metres² (64,000 ft²) to almost 13,000 metres² (139,000 ft²), allowing public viewing of many artworks that have usually been in storage. On 27 May 1993, the Sicilian Mafia
Sicilian Mafia
carried out a car bomb explosion in Via dei Georgofili and damaged parts of the palace, killing five people. The blast destroyed five pieces of art and damaged another 30. Some of the paintings were fully protected by bulletproof glass.[12] The most severe damage was to the Niobe
room and classical sculptures and neoclassical interior (which have since been restored), although its frescoes were damaged beyond repair. In early August 2007, Florence
experienced a heavy rainstorm. The Gallery was partially flooded, with water leaking through the ceiling, and the visitors had to be evacuated. There was a much more significant flood in 1966 which damaged most of the art collections in Florence
severely, including some of the works in the Uffizi.[13] The Nuovi Uffizi
(New Uffizi) renovation project which started in 1989 was progressing well in 2015 to 2017.[14] It was intended to modernize all of the halls and more than double the display space. As well, a new exit is planned and the lighting, air conditioning and security systems are being updated. During construction, the museum remains open, although rooms are closed as necessary with the artwork temporarily moved to another location.[15] For example, the Botticelli rooms and two others with early Renaissance paintings were closed for 15 months but reopened in October 2016.[16] Key works[edit]

Cimabue: Santa Trinita
Santa Trinita
Maestà Duccio: Rucellai Madonna Giotto: Ognissanti Madonna, Badia Polyptych Simone Martini: Annunciation with St. Margaret and St. Ansanus Ambrogio Lorenzetti: Presentation at the Temple Gentile da Fabriano, Adoration of the Magi Paolo Uccello: The Battle of San Romano Rogier van der Weyden, Lamentation of Christ Fra Filippo Lippi: Madonna and Child, Coronation of the Virgin Piero della Francesca: Diptych of Duke Federico da Montefeltro
Federico da Montefeltro
and Duchess Battista Sforza
of Urbino Andrea del Verrocchio: The Baptism of Christ Hugo van der Goes: Portinari Triptych Sandro Botticelli: Primavera, The Birth of Venus, Adoration of the Magi of 1475 and others Michelangelo: The Holy Family (Doni Tondo) Leonardo da Vinci: The Annunciation, Adoration of the Magi Piero di Cosimo: Perseus Freeing Andromeda Albrecht Dürer: Adoration of the Magi Raphael: Madonna of the Goldfinch, Portrait of Leo X Titian: Flora, Venus of Urbino Parmigianino: Madonna with the Long Neck Caravaggio: Bacchus, Sacrifice of Isaac, Medusa Artemisia Gentileschi: Judith and Holofernes Rembrandt: Self-portrait as a Young Man, Self-portrait as an Old Man, Portrait of an Old Man

The collection also contains some ancient sculptures, such as the Arrotino
and the Two Wrestlers. Selected highlights[edit]


Simone Martini Annunciation, 305 × 265 cm

di Bondone Ognissanti Madonna, 325 × 204 cm.

Gentile da Fabriano Adoration of the Magi, 300 × 282 cm.

Fra Angelico Coronation of the Virgin, 112 × 114 cm

Masaccio The Madonna and St. Anna, 175 × 103 cm.

Lorenzo Monaco Adoration of the Magi, 115 × 177 cm.

Sandro Botticelli Birth of Venus, 173 × 279 cm.

Sandro Botticelli La Primavera, 203 × 314 cm.

Sandro Botticelli Adoration of the Magi, 108 × 173 cm.

Sandro Botticelli Adoration of the Magi, 111 × 134 cm.

Piero della Francesca Dukes of Urbino, 47 × 66 cm.

Filippo Lippi Madonna and Child with Angel, 95 × 64 cm.

Leonardo da Vinci Adoration of the Magi, 243 × 246 cm.

Leonardo da Vinci Annunciation, 98 × 217 cm.

and Leonardo da Vinci Baptism of Christ, 177 × 151 cm.

Giovanni Bellini Sacred Allegory, 73 × 119 cm.

Piero di Cosimo Perseus Freeing Andromeda, 70 × 123 cm

Andrea Mantegna Adoration of the Magi, 86 × 162 cm.

Parmigianino Madonna of Long Neck, 216 × 132 cm.

Titian Venus of Urbino, 119 × 165 cm.

Titian Flora, 80 × 64 cm.

Raphael Madonna of the Goldfinch, 107 × 77 cm.

Michelangelo Doni Tondo, Diameter 120 cm.

Raphael Pope Leo X and Family, 154 × 119 cm.

Giorgione Judgement of Solomon, 89 × 72 cm.

Paolo Uccello Battle of San Romano, 182 × 220 cm.

Giorgione Moses Trial, 89 × 72 cm.

Caravaggio Sacrifice of Isaac, 104 × 135 cm

Caravaggio Medusa, Diameter 55 cm.

Correggio Rest on Flight to Egypt, 124 × 107 cm.

Rogier van der Weyden Lamentation of Christ, 96 × 110 cm.

Albrecht Dürer Adoration of the Magi, 99 × 114 cm.

Hans Memling Madonna and Angels, 76 x60 cm.

Francisco Goya Portrait of María Teresa, 83 × 62 cm.

Pieter Paul Rubens Triumph of Henry IV in Paris, 380 × 692 cm.

Diego Velázquez Self Portrait, 104 × 83 cm.

Caravaggio Young Bacchus, 95 × 85 cm.

Agnolo Bronzino Portrait of Eleanor of Toledo, 115 × 96 cm.

Rembrandt Portrait of an Old Man, possibly a depiction of John Amos Comenius, 102 × 83 cm.

Rembrandt Self-Portrait, 74 × 55 cm.

Hugo van der Goes Portinari Triptych, 253 × 304 cm.

Albrecht Altdorfer Martyrdom of St Florian, 76 × 67 cm.

Anthony van Dyck Portrait of Charles V, 191 × 123 cm.

Paolo Veronese Martyrdom of Saint Justina, 103 × 113 cm.

El Greco St. John and St. Francis, 110 × 86 cm.

See also[edit]

Collections of the Uffizi

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Uffizi
and Uffizi

Official website Uffizi
– Google Art Project


^ a b "Official Italian visitor figures, 2016" (PDF).  ^ Top 100 Art Museum Attendance, The Art Newspaper, 2014, p. 15. Retrieved on 25 July 2014. ^ " Uffizi
Gallery Tickets - Museums Tickets Florence
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Gallery Tickets - Museums Tickets Florence
Uffizi Gallery". www.florence-museum.com.  ^ a b "New Uffizi: The Botticelli & Early Renaissance Rooms Reopen". 19 October 2016.  ^ "History of Uffizi
Gallery". www.uffizi.com.  ^ Sigfried Giedion, Space, Time and Architecture (1941) 1962 fig.17. ^ "Tribuna :: Hall n. 18 ► Virtual Uffizi". Virtual Uffizi Gallery.  ^ Fossi, Gloria. The Uffizi. (Giuniti, 1999), p. 8. ^ "Top 10 art museums in the world". 29 February 2008 – via Reuters.  ^ Cowell, Alan (28 May 1993). "Bomb Outside Uffizi
in Florence
Kills 6 and Damages Many Works" – via www.nytimes.com.  ^ "Why Florence
still lives in fear of the flood". The Independent. 3 November 1996.  ^ "Discover the New Halls at Uffizi". Virtual Uffizi
Gallery.  ^ "History". uffizi.org.  ^ "New Uffizi: The Botticelli & Early Renaissance Rooms Reopen". uffizi.org. 19 October 2016. 

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