Saturday, June 9, 2018

The Uffizi Gallery gathers some heavy hitters in a new room, #41

By Elisabetta Pooled
Holy Family, known as the “Doni Tondo”AuthorMichelangelo Buonarroti (Chiusi della Verna 1475 – Roma 1564)Date1505-1506
FLORENCE, Italy — Last Sunday evening, soon after the final visitor had trickled out of the historic Palazzo Pitti, Eike Schmidt, the director of the Uffizi Gallery, gathered with other museum officials in the palace’s main picture gallery. They were there to remove two of its most illustrious occupants: portraits that Raphael painted around 1504-1505. Room 41 is part of the rearrangement of the Uffizi collection that has been defining Mr. Schmidt’s vision for the museum. Next month, the museum’s three paintings by Leonardo will be installed in a nearby room. Together, these artists capture “a magic moment in the first decade of the 16th century when Florence was the cultural and artistic center of the world,” Mr. Schmidt said. [More]
Room 41 of the Uffizi Gallery brings together masterpieces by Raphael and Michelangelo, painted in Florence when the city “was the cultural and artistic center of the world,” the museum’s director said. Credit: Gianni Cipriano for The New York Times

Gallerie degli Uffizi