Monday, 25 June 2012

Uffizi Gallery - Florence

The day after my birthday, we went to Florence and spent most of the day going to the Uffizi Gallery. By most of the day, I mean 2+ hours in line and about 3.5 hours in the galleries! Since Karen did art studies with the boys, I had been very anxious to see some of the works of these artists that we had studied: Cimabue, Giotto, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo, and in the nearby Piazza del Duomo - Ghiberti's bronze doors.

If I had to pick a favourite artist at the Uffizzi, I think it would be Botticelli. I love the beautiful colours, smooth surfaces, perfect detail of his paintings. Maybe also because there was a whole room devoted to him and some of the paintings are so large that they just are so impressive - Birth of Venus, Spring, Madonna of the Pomegranate, Madonna of the Magnificat, The Annunciation and the Adoration of the Magi. 

Now that we are speaking of the Annunciation, I never realized that there were so many paintings of this event in the Uffizi and, in fact, in all of Italy. Here are a few of my favourites for your comparison:

The Annunciation - Leonardo Da Vinci and Andrea del Verrocchio

Leonardo da Vinci: Picture of Annunciation - Uffizi Gallery, Florence

The Annunciation - Sandro Botticelli

Sandro Filipepi called Botticelli: Picture of Annunciation - Uffizi Gallery, Florence

The Annunciation - Fra Fillipo Lippi (In the San Lorenzo Church)

Annunciation, San Lorenzo

Another by Fra Fillipo Lippi

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Of course, also at the Uffizzi is one of Michelangelo's most famous paintings outside of the Sistine Chapel: The Holy Family, the Tondo Doni. It is a very beautiful painting of the Holy Family and you can spend a long time just staring at it.  I wonder why he portrayed Joseph as being so much older than Mary?