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Eike Schmidt - Uffizi

text Francesca Lombardi
video Silvia Bavetta

January 16, 2023

Uffizi Gallery through the words of the Director

Eike Schmidt tells us his masterpieces

The Uffizi is a place of beauty that surprises more and more every time. We had the privilege of visiting them with the Director of the Galleries, Eike Schmidt, who
revealed to us in a video the works he feels closest to.

First of all, the majestic Hall of Niobe: a character from Greek mythology, Niobe sinned of pride before the gods, who punished her by killing twelve of her fourteen children before her eyes.

Sala della Niobe, Galleria degli Uffizi

In the hall of the same name, the marble depicting her protecting her youngest daughter is a Roman copy of a Greek original; the same provenance and date for the other eleven statues in the hall. Niobe becomes an allegory of a wounded humanity that nevertheless continues to defend itself.

And then Botticelli's La Primavera, symbol of rebirth, Michelangelo's Holy Family and Raphael's Madonna of the Goldfinch to lighten the spirit. Last but not least Caravaggio's La Medusa.

Tondo Doni, Michelangelo

If these are the Director's masterpieces, the new rooms, which he strongly desired, will allow you to enjoy all the wonderful paintings in the Gallery and to choose the paintings most dear to your sensibilities. The new layout of the rooms allows you to
live a new experience - quieter and more prolonged than in the past - even for those who are familiar with the Uffizi and the masterpieces housed here.

Eike Schmidt, direttore della Galleria degli UffiziGalleria degli Uffizi, Firenze

In front of the main works (such as Botticelli's Venus and Spring, Piero della Francesca's double portrait of the Dukes of Urbino, Michelangelo's Tondo Doni, Raphael's Madonna of the Goldfinch and Caravaggio's Medusa), distance markers were then pasted,
on the floor, distance markers, which indicate where people can stop for a better experience. We leave you with the images of our visit to the Gallery, looking forward to this wonderful experience in person, enveloped in a solemn and ancient silence. As this place deserves.


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