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)
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