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A Brief History Of The Florence’s Uffizi Gallery

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Uffizi Gallery is housing the most valuable artworks of Renaissance painters. The stars of Renaissance period such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael represented in this fantastic museum. Therefore Uffizi is considered as one of the Top 5 museums in Europe due to the richness of its collection. Considering that the city of Florence was the center of Renaissance age, it’s not very surprising at all.

A Brief History Of Uffizi Gallery

The name of the museum is originally The Palazzo Degli Uffizi and its history dating back to 16 century. In 1560 Duke Cosimo of Toscana (member of renowned Medici family) commissioned Architect Vasari to build a palace for him.

Giorgio Vasari was a man of many talents, he was also historian and painter beside being a talented architect. Vasari built two long and parallel buildings which are functional and aesthetic at the same time.

Medici family had already been using the Palazzo Pitti as their main court, therefore this new palace was intended to be a Justice Court and Administrative Office. Thus it was named as “Offices”Uffizi.

The successor of Duke Cosimo, Francesco I, decided to display the art collection of Medici’s. Uffizi Offices became “The Gallery” following this brilliant idea.

However, in 19th Century, the ancient pieces were transfered to Archaeological Museum and the sculptures were taken to Bargello. Uffizi Gallery had only painting collection which makes it one of the most important art gallery of the World.

According to Wikipedia.org, the waiting time in the line goes up to five hours in the summer (high season) time. Many of the visitors of Florence, untorfunately give up on visiting the museum after seeing hundreds of people waiting in the queue. In this article I would like to introduce you with the selection of best paintings of Uffizi Gallery.

Must See Artworks Of Uffizi Gallery

  • Birth of Venus – Sandro Boticelli – 1485

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Birth of Venus By Sandro Boticelli

Sandro Boticelli is considered as one of the best artist of Florence. He used to be a teacher in the Art School of Florence. He usually referred to mythological stories in his pastel-coloured paintings.

Boticelli’s The Birth of Venus is the most famous art piece in Uffizi Gallery. The Venus composition in the center of the painting, used as the featured image in Uffizi Gallery’s official guide book.

  • The Calumny of Apelles – Sandro Boticelli – 1495

The Calumny of Apelles By Sandro Boticelli

Boticelli describes the story of a hapless Greek Artist (Apelles) who lived in ancient ages. Apelles had been framed by the King Ptolemy of Egypt with the false evidences that are provided by bad people.

People’s colourful clothes symbolizes their characters. 1) The lady in purple, stands between the king and Apelles, prevent the King to judge the case clearly. This is ignorance and hubris. 2) The lady in red symbolizes levity. 3) The naked lady wishes The Truth come to surface. This is the justice.

  • The Annunciation – Leonardo Da Vinci – 1480

The Annunciation By Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci without a doubt superstar of Renaissance period. He was a mathematician, sculptor, painter and arhictect. Leonardo delineates annunciation in this painting. The archangel Gabriel brings the good news to the Virgin Mary.

  • Holy family & John the Baptist –  Michelangelo Buonarroti – 1506

Holy family & John the Baptist – Michelangelo Buonarroti

The second most famous man of Florence’s Renaissance age can be considered as Michelangelo. Michelangelo’s most famous artworks Sculpture of David and the Frescoes of Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo, delineates the Virgin Mary, Jesus Christ and John the Baptist in this splendid painting of Uffizi Museum.

  • Bacchus – Michelangelo Merisi Caravaggio – 1600

Bacchus By Michelangelo Merisi Caravaggio

Caravaggio is definitely the pioneer and master of baroque & still life paintings. Dionysus is portrayed while he is sipping his good wine. This picture refers to the positive effects of wine on human nature.

  • Medusa – Michelangelo Merisi Caravaggio – 1592

Medusa By Michelangelo Merisi Caravaggio

Snake-haired Medusa is one of the most famous creature of mythology. At the beginning of the story, she had been a beautiful lady. So impressive that Poseidon fell in love with her badly. It caused a conflict between mighty Goddess Athena and her. She was transformed into a Gorgon (Monster) by Athena. Furthermore She made Perseus to cut her head too.

Caravaggio describes the shock of that very moment. When her head was cut buy Perseus’ sword. That beautiful face is tremled with agony and pain.

  • Venus of Urbino – Titian – 1538

Venus of Urbino By Titian

Titian is a Venician painter who lived in 17th Century. His contemporaries define him as: “The Sun” among small stars. He is known as a versatile painter who works on different subjects. He is represented in Uffizi Gallery with his nudes artwork.

The lady modeled in the painting, the wife of The Duke of Urbino. She was so beautiful that people nicknamed her as “Venus”. The apperance of young lady shows how the perception of beauty evolved in years.

  • Canaletto – 1755

Canaletto – By Unknown Painter

Canaletto depicts the panoramic view of Venice in 18th Century. San Marco’s Basilica and Palazzo Ducale is clearly seen from Grand Canal of Venice. The painter is unknown. I personally enjoyed the beauty of the picture so I added this one too.

Art Pieces Of Uffizi Gallery Museum of Florence (Firenze) Italy

Uffizi Gallery Museum of Florence

Uffizi Gallery Entrance Fee 2018

Admission fee is 12,5 Euro for a regular ticket. EU citizens aged between 18 and 25 years ticket cost 6,25 Euros. Entrance is free for the EU citizens under the age of 18. Additional 4 Euros charged in advance for online reservations.


Uffizi Gallery Opening Hours 2018

The Museum is open from 08.15 a.m. to 6.50 p.m. from Tuesdays to Sundays. The museum is closed on Mondays. Please note that ticket office closes at 06:05 p.m.


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Uffizi Gallery Entrance Fee & Opening Hours 2018 was last modified: November 22nd, 2017 by Serhat Engül

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