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February 3, 2010
From journal Four Florence Museums and an Experience
London, United Kingdom
December 17, 2009
From journal A Quantum of Italy: Lovely Siena and Around
Perth, Scotland, United Kingdom
November 21, 2009
From journal Winter Tuscany
St. Augustine, Florida
October 19, 2009
From journal A Visit to the Museums of Florence
by Liam Hetherington
Manchester, United Kingdom
August 10, 2008
From journal Florence, Birth-Place of the Renaissance
October 13, 2007
From journal Galleria degli Uffizi
August 26, 2007
From journal 3 Nights in Fabulous Florence
May 28, 2007
From journal Arte Firenze
Cinnaminson, New Jersey
September 8, 2002
Open: Nov-Feb 8:30 am – 6:50 pm, Tue-Sun; Mar-Oct 8:30 am – 9 pm, Tue-Fri, 8:30 am – noon Sat, 8:30 am – 8 pm Sun
Closed: Jan 1, May 1, Dec 25
You absolutely have to make reservations ahead of time; it only costs an extra 1.55 euros, so the cost of the ticket will equal 9.55 euros all together. You will not have to stand in line for 3-4 hours. Just go up to the guy at the door that says "Reservation only" and tell him that you have reservations for a certain time in the day, and 10 minutes later you will have your tickets and will be on your way to see the treasures of Uffizi. Uffizi means "offices", and the building was built for Duke Cosimo I Medici as an office building with its long corridors with rooms on one side and large windows on the other. Later Medicis started to show their family art and this became the oldest art museum in the world.
The collection is on the second floor, but as you walk along the long corridor from one hall to another don’t forget to look up. Right under the ceiling you will see portraits of Medicis hanging on the walls and you might be even able to find the Duke’s portrait. Part of that collection was at PAFA in Philadelphia last year and I truly enjoyed it. Most of the portraits were painted by Sustermans. Also along the corridor in the niches between the windows on the opposite side there is a large collection of Roman statues.
Uffizi has truly an amazing collection of Italian masters. The first several rooms have Gothic art; then there is early Renaissance with famous paintings by Pietro della Francesca, Sandro Botticelli, Fra Filippo Lippi. Botticelli’s most well-known masterpieces are shown here, all in one large room. You can walk from one painting to another and study all the little details of "The Birth of Venus", "Primavera", "Adoration of Magi" and several other paintings. All the paintings were recently restored and have bright colors and are a true delight for an art buff. I could not believe some of the guided groups. There was a Korean group that literally flew through the whole room with the guide pointing at the "Primavera" as the highlight, and that was it. I tried to spend 15-20 minutes in this room looking at the composition, the check marks that give the effect of the sea in the "Birth of Venus", the beautiful women and the striking colors of the "Primavera". Botticelli’s paintings are really an amazing representation of a woman’s beauty!
Continued in Part II
From journal Italy in May - Florence
November 14, 2001
Today the Uffizi is home to some of the greatest works of Renaissance art in the world. The paintings are displayed in chronological order in a horseshoe shaped progression of rooms that surround the main inner corridor, which houses dozens of Ancient Greek and Roman sculptures.
The chronological arrangement serves the visitor well. It's interesting to observe the progression of Florentine art: improvements in executing perspective, new pigments, the introduction of landscapes and gradual improvements in painting them, and so on.
While I love art, I can't say the Uffizi was my favorite art museum experience. I enjoyed seeing the two Botticellis (Birth of Venus and Primavera), but to be truthful, I eventually became a little bored with the relentless religious theme. It even turned into an inside joke with my girlfriend: "If I see one more painting called Madonna con Bambino I'm gonna throw up!" Besides the Botticellis, I enjoyed some of the later paintings in the collection (Peter Paul Rubens, Van Dyck, Caravaggio) and Rembrandt the most.
Unfortunately for us, the two pieces attributed to the young Leonardo da Vinci, The Annunciation (1472-1475) and the unfinished Adoration of the Magi (1481) are currently undergoing restoration and are not on display.
I'm glad I saw the Uffizi, and if you go to Florence you should definitely see it as well. But as for me personally, I'll take The Met or The MoMA in New York or the Art Institute of Chicago any time.
We were in Florence post September 11 and bought our tickets to the Uffizi and the Galleria dell'Accademia in advance over the web in anticipation of long lines, but they never materialized at either venue. We were given a confirmation number via email, and then presented it at the ticket window. A moderate service fee is charged, but the service worked very well. You can get advanced tickets to many of the museums in Florence here. The Uffizi is closed on Mondays.
From journal Florence in October