Gallerie degli Uffizi, FlorenceDecember 7, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C
Next on the agenda for today was a visit to the Gallerie degli Uffizi, one of the oldest museums in the world and one of the world’s most famous art galleries. The Uffizi hosted over four million visitors in 2018, making it the most visited art gallery in Italy. Established in 1581 it officially opened to the public in 1765. The museum possesses about 3100 works of art and there are usually about 1700 on display at any given time, with the majority of the Uffizi collection from the period between the 12th and 17th century. Among the famous artists whose work is on display here are Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, Sandro Botticelli, Raphael and Michelangelo. Records show that even da Vinci and Michelangelo visited the Uffizi to see the precious art collection.
The gallery also boasts and invaluable collection of ancient statues and busts from the Medici family, which adorn the corridors and consists of ancient Roman copies of lost Greek sculptures. Some dating back to the 1st century BC. It is amazing to see the amount of detail that can be achieved and carved into a block of marble. It is unfathomable how the artists even knew where to start. Very impressive.
It was great to see some of the more “famous” pieces but it also made us wonder what made them more well-known than some of the other pieces, especially when we saw other artworks just as impressive. I guess the question is still valid today. What makes art a notable piece of art? We all liked different pieces and that is the great thing about the arts, not everyone has to like the same thing. We all have our own unique taste.
Occupying the first and second floor of the large building constructed between 1560 and 1580, and originally built to accommodate the Florentine magistrates, the building itself is a work of art with the amazing painted ceilings throughout the external rooms. I love the ceilings with their weird images, delicate lines and vivid colours and spent a lot of the visit looking up. There are some crazy looking creatures painted on the ceiling, that’s for sure, and yet all together the ceilings give the building such an elegant and regal feeling. It is impressive.
I think this is one gallery that needs more than one day to explore if you want to have the time to appreciate all of the art on display, as it is quite extensive and a bit of an art overload when trying to see every room. The crowded tour groups didn’t help but we are lucky we are here in the “off” season as I can only imagine how busy it would be in the official “tourist” season. Overall, I enjoyed it and hopefully Brad, Peta and Errol enjoyed it too.Read more