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Uffizi Gallery (Florence, Italy)

Updated on February 7, 2015
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Daisy Mariposa has a B.A. in Fine Arts from Montclair State University and certification to teach all art subjects in K-12.

The Uffizi Gallery, located on two sides of a courtyard, is comprised of symmetrical wings on either side of the Via dei Magistrati. Chris Wee took this photograph on May 26, 2006.
The Uffizi Gallery, located on two sides of a courtyard, is comprised of symmetrical wings on either side of the Via dei Magistrati. Chris Wee took this photograph on May 26, 2006. | Source

The Medici Family

The House of Medici was an influential banking, political, and religious family dynasty which flourished in Florence, Italy in the 15th through the 17th centuries. The founder of the dynasty was Còsimo di Giovanni degli Mèdici—Cosimo de’ Medici—(1389-1464), a banker and art collector. Although the Medici family ruled Florence for centuries, Cosimo de’ Medici never officially held office.

Construction of the Offices (Uffizi) of the State Judiciary

Cosimo de’ Medici, known as Cosimo the Elder, the ruler of Florence, ordered the construction of a building to be used as the offices (the “uffizi”) of the State Judiciary. Medici wanted the building erected in order to bring together the thirteen principal magistrates of the State, whose offices had to be in the vicinity of Palazzo Vecchio, which was his residence. He commissioned the court architect, Giorgio Vasari, to design and construct the building.

Changing the Use of the Uffizi

Beginning with Cosimo the Elder, the Medici family grasped the prestige value of possessing art collections.

The idea for changing the use of the uffizi, whose appearance was more showy than what one would expect for a government building, came from Cosimo’s son Francesco I, who wanted to expand his role as an art collector and connoisseur of the arts.

The transition from office building to museum was completed in 1765. The Uffizi, a magnificent building constructed in two wings on the sides of a courtyard, houses examples of the works of nearly all the artists who played significant roles in the history of Western art.

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The Galleries (Rooms) in the Uffizi

The Uffizi Gallery is comprised of symmetrical wings on either side of the Via dei Magistrati. Although paintings are sometimes moved from one room to another, the following table indicates whose paintings can generally be found in most of the Uffizi’s rooms (galleries).

Room Letter or Number
Description
A
Vestibule
D
First Gallery
E
Second Gallery (classical sculpture)
F
Third Gallery (classical sculpture and tapestries)
G
Changing exhibits
1
Sala Dell'Ermafrodite (statue of the Hermaphrodite, Roman copy of a Hellenistic original)
2
13th Century and Giotto di Bondone
3
14th Century Sienese
4
14th Century Florentine
5
International Gothic
6
International Gothic
7
Early 15th Century Florentine
8
Fra Filippo Lippi and Pietro Pollaiolo
9
Piero del Pollaiolo
10
Sandro (Alessandro Filipepi) Botticelli
11
Sandro (Alessandro Filipepi) Botticelli
12
Flemish
13
Florentine
14
Hugo van der Goes
15
Umbrian and Leonardo da Vinci
16
Sala Delle Carte Geografiche (Leonardo da Vinci's Annunciation)
17
Umbrian
18
Tribuna (ancient statuary and portraits by Jacopo Carucci Pontormo, Agnolo (Angelo) Bronzino, Giorgio Vasari, and others
19
Pietro Vannucci Perugino and Francesco Raibolini Francia
20
Andrea Mantegna and Albrecht Dürer
21
Giovanni Bellini and Giorgio da Castelfranco Giorgione
22
Hans Holbein and Albrecht Altdorfer
23
Antonio Allegri Corregio
24
Cabinet of Miniatures
25
Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino) and Michelangelo Buonaroti
26
Andrea del Sarto
27
Jacopo Carucci Pontormo
28
Tiziano Vecelli (Titian)
29
Francesco Mazzola Parmigianino
30
Emilian

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      Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Chitrangada,

      Thanks for reading my article another time. Thanks, too, for sharing my Hub. I appreciate your support of my writing.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Its a pleasure to revisit this well written hub!

      It is indeed an evergreen hub and I enjoyed reading it again.

      Thanks, voted up and sharing on HH!

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      Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      John (Jodah),

      Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. Florence is at the top of my list of cities to visit in Italy.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Very interesting and informative Daisy. I have never visited Italy but if I ever have the opportunity I would love to, and Florence would be high on the list of cities.

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      Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Chitrangada,

      Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. Ever since I studied art history in college, I've wanted to visit the Uffizi Gallery.

      I've written several museum-related Hubs. I hope you have a chance to read some of the others.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Great enjoyable and informative hub! I had the pleasure and opportunity to visit Florence and It is like revisiting this wonderful place.

      Very well researched and well presented hub. Thanks and Voted up!

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Mary (tillsontitan),

      Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it. I appreciate your very kind words.

      My interest in art began when I was very young. When it was time for me to decide what my college major would be, the high guidance counselors wanted me to select an academic subject such as mathematics. I don't think they were very please that I decided to major in Fine Arts.

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Joan (joanveronica),

      It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. Thanks, too, for sharing my Hub.

      I didn't know the origin of the name Uffizi until I began doing the research for my article. It's an interesting story.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Your opening video was superb....great choice of a song. As for the rest of your hub....superb as always. Your research and facts are not only interesting but fun to read. It is always great to learn about art history. You have certainly put your education to use and we are lucky that you share it with us.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 4 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Hi Daisy, lovely Hub! I never knew the origin of the name of this gallery, so I learnt something today! The name, of course, is famous the world over. Great read, I'm enjoying this idea for the HH. So thank you! Voted up. also ABI. Shared. See you

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Mohan (Docmo),

      Thanks for viewing my video and reading my article. Thanks, too, for your very kind words. I appreciate your continued support of my writing.

      As you know, my four-year degree is in Fine Arts, and I'm certified to teach all art subjects in Kindergarten through the twelfth grade. When I was in college, I considered Florence, rather than Rome, the place to be to view the best painting collection in Italy. I still feel that way.

      The Uffizi Gallery itself is a work of art of art. How could a building such as the Uffizi have been constructed so long ago?

      Please post another comment after your visit to Florence and the Uffizi Gallery, Mohan.

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      Mohan Kumar 5 years ago from UK

      Beautiful video and illuminating history here, Daisy. Your art hisory fascinates and educates. and my 'bucket' list grows... I've been to Rome and Pompeii but haven't yet been to Florence. There are so much wonderful history in Florence it is for me, a must visit city. voted up!

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Nithya (Vellur),

      Thanks for viewing my video and reading my article. I'm glad you liked the table I provided. The Uffizi has their collection so well-organized, I thought the table listing whose work was in which room would be helpful.

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Great hub. The table you have provided will help people to go straight to their favorite artists work. Great work and awesome video.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Teresa,

      Thanks for viewing my video and reading my article. I'm glad you enjoyed seeing the paintings in the video.

      The Uffizi Gallery doesn't seem to receive as much press as other museums. It really is a shame.

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      Teresa Coppens 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Lovely piece showcasing an Italian contribution to art. Photos of the art were beautifully exhibited in your video. Wonderful job!

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Dianna (teaches12345),

      Thanks for viewing my video and reading my article. I hope you get to visit the Uffizi Gallery some day. The building is a work of art.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Thank you for the history and tour of this gallery. I don't know if I will ever get to visit, but knowing what it offers is very educational. It is a place of beauty.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Julie (Jools99),

      Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs. I appreciate your continued support.

      It's impossible to write anything about Florence, Italy without writing about the House of Medici...the family's influence was so great.

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      Daisy, very interesting hub with a great video and photos - so much detail here. I had to study the Medici at university, their influence is still there for all to see :o)

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Rasma (Gypsy Rose Lee).

      Thanks for viewing my video, reading my article, and commenting. Thanks, too, for sharing my Hub. I'm glad you're enjoying my art history / museum series. It looks like my next Hub in the series will be about the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Egypt.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and interesting. Another wonderful and informative hub. Love that pic of the Uffizi Gallery. Passing this on.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      J A Thomas,

      Welcome to HubPages. It's nice to meet you. Thanks for viewing my video, reading my article, and commenting in my Hub.

      I've written a few other art history / museum articles and a dozen or so geography quizzes. I hope you have a chance to read some of those.

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      J A Thomas 5 years ago

      I remember being in Florence so many years ago, and finding this gallery in my journeys. It was recommended by a maid in the hotel. She said the art and the views from the great hall were enough to take your breath away. I had to agree! An indelible mark it truly left! What an amazing space and such beautiful art. Thank you for sharing and reminding me of a very pleasant time in my life!

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Cara (cardelean),

      Thanks for viewing my video, reading my article, and commenting. I find it difficult to imagine how such a magnificent structure as the Uffizi could have been built in the 15th century.

      It was difficult to decide which paintings to include in my video. Wikimedia Commons is a fantastic source for paintings. So many people have uploaded great photographs of paintings to the site.

      Tables seem to work well with the Hubs I've written which contain long lists of facts. I think it's much easier to digest the information in table, rather than paragraph, form.

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Although I traveled to Florence many, many years ago, I do not recall visiting the Uffizi Gallery. It looks amazing and I love the paintings you've included in the video. Your tables was also really well done.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Suzannah (suzettenaples),

      It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for viewing my video, reading my article, and commenting. I'm so glad you're enjoying my museum series.

      My next article, currently in the research stage, will be Oriental art. I'm not certain if I'm going to just discuss the wonderful collection at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston or expand the article to include other museums as well.

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      Suzette Walker 5 years ago from Taos, NM

      I enjoyed reading this, Daisy. Well done. I have been to the Uffizi Gallery several times and I could spend an entire vacation just there. The selection there is wonderful and the building itself is beautiful. Thanks for bringing back some great memories. Love your museum series!

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Glen (Doc Sonic),

      Thanks for being the first to view my video, read my article, and comment.

      The Torre del Mangia, a tower in Siena in the Tuscany region of Italy, predates the Uffizi by about 100 years. The towers do look similar. One reason for this is that since both towers are located in the same region of Italy, they might have been built using the same type of stone.

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      Glen Nunes 5 years ago from Cape Cod, Massachusetts

      Daisy, very interesting hub. I like how you give the history of the galleries you write about. Am I confused or does the tower in that photo look just like the Torre del Mangia?