Through the many masterpieces of this unique museum, we explore the elements of a fascinating quest for invention, innovation and adventure, that will lead, among other things, to the discovery of geometrical perspective and the evolution of Western painting.
Duration: 3 hrs
Sites visited: Uffizi Gallery*^
Price for 1-4pax: €225
Additional price for headsets from 5-10 pax: €30
*Entry & reservation fees: not included
Uffizi Gallery Collection
The Uffizi Gallery can be a very difficult museum to confront on your own. It is vast and has an extensive collection.
Some may find the works in the museum overwhelming and difficult to relate to. But depending on how you visit, it can also be an enjoyable and fascinating experience.
Masterpieces have an element of universality whereby anyone and everyone, when shown the right details and told captivating stories, can enjoy the Uffizi.
For those with keen interest, we can explore the evolution of themes, iconography and techniques while engaging in a dialogue on the art, the Masters, the patrons, and the collection.
Your background, what you want to know and are interested in will be what inspires your private tour with me.
Cosimo I commissioned Giorgio Vasari to design the offices (Uffizi in Italian) of the Magistrates of Florence in the 1560’s. In the 1570’s Cosimo’s son, the Grand Duke Francesco will create on the upper floor of the building a gallery with the purpose of showing the family collection to notable visitors. The Medici will expand their collection in the following centuries and in the 18th century it will be tied to the city of Florence through what is known as the ”Family Pact”. The Lorraine family will transform the building into a museum in the late 18th century. Today, the Uffizi Gallery is one of the most visited museums of Europe.
The Galleria Degli Uffizi holds an impressive collection of Italian paintings that range from the late 12th century to the early 18th century, masterpieces that allow us to follow through time the evolution of themes, techniques, colours, and composition. In walking through the museum, we will be able to admire the grace of the lines in Filippo Lippi, the many layers of Botticelli, the colors, craftsmanship and bodies of Michelangelo, the depth of Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci’s vibrant and dazzling compositions. We see how artists influenced one other, allowing us a peek into the world of the workshop and that of the artist and their patrons. We also comprehend the social, religious and political function of art through the centuries.