Sunday, June 10, 2012

The Uffizi Just Got Bigger

From The Florentine:
     "Ten new rooms are soon to be opened on the main floor of the Uffizi gallery. The rooms will feature the works of painters of the sixteenth century, with an emphasis on Tuscan painters, including Andrea del Sarto, Rosso Fiorentino, Pontormo, Bronzino and Vasari. Expected to be opening in June, the new spaces also include a gallery devoted to sculptures of Hellenistic culture, including four sculptures from the Museum of Archaeology: Apollo Citaredo, Dionysus with a Panther, and statues of Niobe and Ariadne. These sculptures will become part of the Uffizi’s itinerary for the visually impaired, called Uffizi da toccare, Uffizi by touch. The 10 new rooms join the 8 already opened in a ceremony with Renzi last December, featuring such foreign painters of the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries as Goya, Velasquez and Rubens."
 This is in addition to the New Uffizi Blue Rooms which have been recently opened and display works of art by foreign sixteenth and seventeenth-century artists, Spanish, French, Flemish and Dutch.

So if you are traveling to Florence this summer lucky for you, now there is so much more of The Uffizi to love. BTW, "uffizi" means "office" in Italian.

6 comments:

LeeLee said...

How lovely. I can't wait to see this.

Aidan said...

I love Florence so much and this is the perfect reason to go back. I feel a road trip coming on...
aidan

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

This is excellent news.

Italian Postcards said...

Aidan, a road trip through Torino of course! You have to pass by it coming from France anyways.

WL, Great news indeed! BTW, the Egyptian Museum in Torino is expanding too. I am just as excited!

LeeLee, as if we need another reason to go back to Florence but why not use it as one, right?!

LeeLee said...

So true, I am visiting Florence in a few weeks and I definitely have to see this.

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