There are plenty of Famous Italians! The alcoves on the outside of the Uffizi Loggia in Florence highlight some of the most famous Italians. These famous Italians are watching over the Arno River and are probably symbolically guarding the museum’s treasures.
The Uffizi houses art that was bequeathed by the Medici family and is the oldest art gallery in the world. The Uffizi contains the highest concentration of Renaissance art in the world. The gallery owns about 4,800 works of art including paintings, sculptures, tapestries, furniture and pottery. The coves on the of the exterior of the building are occupied by
The building that contains the gallery was built for Cosimo I. It was created as a U-shaped administrative center of the Grand Duchy. The museum was originally designed by Vasari in 1560. The interior of the structure is splendid. Vasari was the court architect and master of public works for the Medici family. It was later linked to the Palazzo Vecchio to allow rulers to safely cross the city via the Vasari Corridor. Then it was linked to the Loggia dei Lanzi by Buonatalenti. The Vasari Corridor runs from the Palazzo Vecchio to the Uffizi to the Palazzo Pitti and the Boboli Gardens. It was created during the reign of Cosimo (1519-1574) to connect the seat of government with the court and residence at the Pitti Palace located on the left bank of the river.
1. Leonardo da Vinci, the great master of the Renaissance earned the title “Universal Man.” He was a celebrated painter, sculptor, architect, engineer and scientist.
Here are some UNESCO photos Leonardo’s “ The Last Supper” in Milan:
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Some of the other famous Italians that watch over the magnificent Uffizi masterpieces include:
2. Nicola Pisano carved the pulpit in the baptistry in Pisa and the ivory Virgin and Child (1300) in Pisa’s high altar in the Duomo.
3. Giotto (1266-1337) is regarded as the father of the Renaissance. Visit his famous frescoes in the Scrovengi Chapel in Padua.
4. Donatello was the first Western sculptor to create a free standing nude. See his David (1430) in the Bargello.
6. Michelangelo’s magnificentSistine Chapel ceiling (1512) and “Last Judgment” (1541) are located in the Vatican Museums in Rome “The Last Judgment” was painted above the altar wall of the chapel and portrays souls of the dead rising up to face the wrath of God for damnation or salvation. Visit his tomb at the Franciscan church of Santa Croce.
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- The Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence is the “National Pantheon” (vinoconvistablog.me)