Friday, October 21, 2016

Art & Design: An Updated Uffizi Is Unveiled

By Elisabeth Povoledo
The “Portinari Tryptich,” right, by the Flemish artist Hugo van der Goes, in one of the reopened halls.
ITALY---If awards were given out among Italy’s art-rich museums, the Uffizi Gallery here would certainly vie for the greatest-hits prize, with such an abundant collection of Renaissance artworks that visitors often bypass seminal paintings in their rush to gawk at people pleasers like Botticelli’s Spring” or “Birth of Venus.” For example, two Botticelli “Annunciations,” painted 20 years apart, are now on display facing each other. “People who see this will automatically want to see that, and compare them, and ask, what is the same, what’s different,” he said. [link]
"The Cestello Annunciation" (1489) by Botticelli. Tempera on Wood 150x156 
"The Annunciation" (1481) by Sandro Botticelli.  Medium fresco, H: 95.7 in. W: 216.5 in