Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Uffizi Gallery in Florence~ Travelin' Tuesday


Staying with our Florence theme this week,
the above is located outside the famous Uffizi Gallery
which began construction in 1560 
by Georgio Vasari for Cosimo I de Medici 
and continued until 1581.

(Behind it stands the tower of the Palazzo Vecchio (the old palace)
which has two small cells
and at one time held both
 Cosimo de Medici (the elder) and Girolamo Savonarola. )

Uffizi means offices and it became the offices for the magistrates 
and one of the first public museums
being one of the oldest. 

It houses works from the likes of 
Botticelli, da Vinci, Michelangelo, Filippo Lippi, 
Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio and Rembrandt. 

And this little cutie stands nearby. 
Love these amazingly ornate columns. 


Oh to be wandering the galleries of artworks today
standing in the beauty of such greatness. 



(Photos copyright: Kirsten Steen)
Details from Wiki

2 comments:

donna baker said...

Love the little peek inside. It and two other famous buildings were closed for refurbishing while we were there.

Jeanie said...

Oh, Kirsten, this is simply lovely and how I would love to visit it this very moment!