The Gallerie Degli Uffizi, also known as the Uffizi Gallery, is one of the most famous museums in the world.
The History of the Gallerie Degli Uffizi
It was established in 1581, and over time, the gallery transformed the 45 museum halls into a stunning region to display the immense art housed here. The entire gallery was designed by Vasari, who was both an architect and author, that envisioned creating an exhibition hall that made a mark in the art world. Producing the splendid architecture to enhance the enthralling exhibit even further!
The Artwork you can see in Uffizi Gallery
Portraits of the Duke and Duchess of Urbino
One of the most celebrated portraits in the entire Renaissance period, the portraits of the ‘Duke and Duchess of Urbino’ is a must-see at the Uffizi Gallery. The artist was Piero Della Francesca, who made this classical representation of the Duke Federigo da Montefeltro and his wife Battista Sforza in 1472. Francesca captures the features of this historic couple, even painting the Duke’s crooked nose perfectly. The symmetry and style of the piece is stunning to see up close, so make sure you head to this place.
This large panel painting will enchant whoever comes across it, showcasing mythology figures half nude or full the deep green forest. It is world-famous and seen as one of Botticelli’s most important paintings he ever created. Featuring goddess of love and beauty, Venus, as the main figure, with the god Mercury, the god of the west wind, Zephyr, Cupid, as well as three Graces. It is one of the prettiest depictions of Spring and is said to be so detailed, there are at least 138 types of plants found within the scene.
This is famously known as Leonardo da Vinci’s first work when he was merely twenty-years-old. Many believe it is not yet what one would call Leonardesque, but the piece is still well worth seeing. It follows a traditional composition, showcasing the angel on the left and the Virgin on the right. Both figures are truly beautiful, with subtle meanings behind their movements and clothes. It is truly an irresistible piece of art to see, which brings a mystical religious theme into a reality.
The Birth of Venus
Even if you aren’t a big fan of art, you’ll recognise the name of this spectacular piece of art. It is perhaps the gallery’s greatest painting held here, being Botticelli’s most famous masterpiece. The Birth of Venus is enchantingly in its beauty, showcasing the goddess Venus standing on her shell, in folds of fabric and floating flowers. Integrating Classical mythology and Christian theology in the Renaissance style of painting, Botticelli leaves viewers awestruck with the stunning display of smooth skin, enchanting magic, and bright colours!
Virgin and Child
There are countless paintings in history showcasing the Virgin Mary holding the baby Jesus in her arms lovingly. But Domenico Veneziano’s depiction is truly a mesmerising sight! When created, it gave a new perspective of the piece, by accurately portraying saints featuring in a believable space. With the saints including John the Baptist and Bishop Zenobius at the sides of the virgin Mary. The painting has stunning shading and colours to enhance the realism of the portrait.
Coronation of the Virgin
Shining in Uffizi Gallery, this golden painting showcases the medieval style painting perfectly. Showcasing a scene of angels, blessed people, and Jesus, who places a gem into his mother’s crown, transforming her into the Queen of Heaven. The main draw for this piece is the gold used, creating a captivating piece of art along with this panel. The panel was once apart of a three-panel altarpiece, with the two other pieces can be seen in the museum of San Marco, Florence.
Medusa, one of history’s greatest villains, capable of turning any of her enemies to stone with just a look. Caravaggio’s 16th-century round painting features his image of Medusa, only moments after she is beheaded. What makes this painting so beautiful is the lighting used, making the snakes on Medusa head look like they are almost moving. It is painted on a wooden shield, used for this piece as the shield was an important piece in the undoing of Medusa in the original story. As a shield’s reflection was how Medusa accidentally used her power on herself!
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