The Uffizi in Florence

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Uffizi © Riccardo Speziari/cc-by-sa-3.0

Uffizi © Riccardo Speziari/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Uffizi Gallery is a museum in Florence, Italy. It is one of the oldest and most famous art museums of the Western world.

Building of the palace was begun by Giorgio Vasari in 1560 for Cosimo I de’ Medici as the offices for the Florentine magistrates – hence the name “uffizi” (“offices”). The Palazzo degli Uffizi brought together under one roof the administrative offices, the Tribunal and the state archive (Archivio di Stato). Construction was continued to Vasari’s design by Alfonso Parigi and Bernardo Buontalenti and ended in 1581. The cortile (internal courtyard) is so long and narrow, and open to the Arno River at its far end through a Doric screen that articulates the space without blocking it, that architectural historians treat it as the first regularized streetscape of Europe. Vasari, a painter as well as architect, emphasized the perspective length by the matching facades’ continuous roof cornices, and unbroken cornices between storeys and the three continuous steps on which the palace-fronts stand. The niches in the piers that alternate with columns filled with sculptures of famous artists in the 19th century.

Uffizi © flickr.com - Chris Wee/cc-by-3.0 Uffizi Gallery © Sailko/cc-by-sa-3.0 Uffizi © Thomas Mies/cc-by-sa-3.0 Uffizi © Georges Jansoone/cc-by-sa-3.0 Uffizi © Georges Jansoone/cc-by-sa-3.0 Uffizi © Riccardo Speziari/cc-by-sa-3.0
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Uffizi © flickr.com - Chris Wee/cc-by-3.0
Today, the Uffizi is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Florence. In high season (particularly in July), waiting times can be up to five hours. Visitors who reserve a ticket in advance have a substantially shorter wait. Tickets can also be purchased from a lesser-used ticket window at the Orsanmichele that serves multiple museums.

In early August 2007, Florence was caught with a large rainstorm, and the Gallery was partially flooded, with water leaking through the ceiling, and the visitors had to be evacuated. There was a much more significant flood in 1966 which damaged most of the art collections in Florence severely, including the Uffizi.

Read more on Polo Museale Fiorentino, GoogleArtProject.com – Uffizi and Wikipedia Uffizi (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State). Photos by Wikimedia Commons. If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.




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