Photographed by Anne-Solange Tardy
A photographic guide of things to do in San Fransisco.
art history meme | 2/2 museums: Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence
The Gallery was ordered in 1560 by Cosimo I de Medici, first Grand Duke of Tuscany, to house the administrative and judiciary offices of Florence, the “uffizi” (Italian for “offices”). At the time when the grandiose building was being built, the Medici hegemony was secure. In 1581, Francesco I de Medici, Cosimo’s son and new Grand Duke of Tuscany, set up a Gallery with statues and other precious objects on the last floor of the east wing of the Uffizi. The collections would become vaster and vaster, continually enriched by almost every member of the Medicy dinasty until their extinction in the XVIIIth century. The Gallery was opened to public later, in 1769, by Grand Duke Peter Leopold, perhaps the most enlightened and important member of the Austrian house of Lorraine, new regnant family of the Grand Duchy until the unification of Italy. The gallery was completely reorganized according to the new scientific criteria of the Enlightenment and the collections were divided per type.
photo by rebecca price butler - film, may 2013, naples, italy