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Uffizi Gallery in Florence

The Uffizi Gallery is considered as one of the world’s major museums, just like the Louvre  in Paris and the National Gallery of London. The museum raised up on the place where the Offices of the city government (the “Uffizi” in old  Italian language) once stood. It was the Grand Duke Cosimo I  who decided to reunify all public offices into a single building, and charged the architect Vasari with the project. The chosen place for the erection of the new building was in proximity of Palazzo della Signoria.

Vasari’s design of the current Uffizi included some big arcades,  in order to balance the huge bulk of the construction. The Palace was completed between 1560 and 1580 under Alfonso Parigi and Bernardo Buontalenti’s direction, who scrupulously followed Vasari’s project. Francesco I de’ Medici was the first to embellish the palace with art works, followed by Ferdinand I, who brought here some sculptures from a Roman church. But it was thanks to Leopoldo and Cosimo II that the palace finally turned into one of the most important private art collections.

The museum plays host today to some of the major works by artists the likes of Botticelli, Andrea del Castagno, Giotto, Cimabue, Duccio di Buoninsegna, Paolo Uccello, Pier della Francesca, Beato Angelico, Filippo Lippi, Sandro Boticelli, Del Pollaiolo, Masaccio, Leonardo da Vinci, Andrea Mantegna, Vasari, Pontormo, Raffaello, Buontalenti, Perugino,Giorgione, Andrea del Sarto, Michelangelo, Tintoretto, Caravaggio, Parmigianino, Rembrant, just to name a few.


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