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The Unknown Medusa and its Famous Double

23 August 2016

When the "Double" is More Famous than the Original One


Perhaps not everyone knows that Caravaggio painted an earlier version of the terrible screaming head of Medusa with darting snakes instead of hair, the famous painting in exhibition at the Uffizi.

The Medusa unknown to most (kept in a private vault in London) is not a copy, but an original work by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio.  Three elements prove that: a signature, the drawing beneath the paint surface, and two poems.  As regards the signature: «He affixed his... Read all

The Challenge of Michelangelo

22 July 2016

One face, many stories

We are closing our in-depth trilogy with two curious stories that bind Michelangelo Buonarroti to Piazza della Signoria.

Not many know that, looking at the facade of Palazzo Vecchio, on the right side towards Via della Ninna (almost around the sculpture of Ercole and Caco by Baccio Bandinelli), down on the edge of the building, there is a stone with the profile of a man's face carved like a graffiti, perhaps with hammer and chise.

Most tourists - and the Florentines... Read all

A month not to be missed

until the 11
September
2016

About thirty works of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, mainly from the deposits of the Palatine Gallery, illustrate recurring bizarre figurative subjects in the Medici collections. It is so-called gender scenes, that within the universe coded of this type of painting, allow to illustrate, often with moral or didactic intent, comic aspects of social life and of the court, those topics deemed otherwise low and devoid of decoration. Within this...

until the 25
September
2016

Thirtyseven works, including drawings and prints, mostly unseen by the audience, referring to the first thirty years of the twentieth century. Representations of figures, faces, portraits full of deep expressiveness clutching psychological games of glances between the artist and the portrait character and between him and the viewer.
Works that reveal the complexity of the first thirty years of the century and predict future tragedies. Among the authors selected Jacques Villon,...

until the 23
October
2016

On the occasion of "Pitti Immagine Uomo 90", until 23 October at Palazzo Pitti you can admire the exhibition Karl Lagerfeld. Visions of Fashion, a photography exhibition curated by Eric Pfrunder and Gerhard Steidl tracing the photographic career of Lagerfeld, as well as presenting some unpublished. The event is made possible by a three-year Agreement of Cooperation between the Fondazione Pitti Immagine Discovery and the Uffizi Gallery, with the support...

until the 02
November
2016

Beautiful Minima

Small Precious Sculptures in the Medici Collections : from the Tribune of Francesco I de' Medici to the Grand Ducal Treasure

The Uffizi Gallery holds the most important existing collection of rare art industry of glyptics, small hard stone sculptures produced mainly in the Hellenistic and Roman times, whose technique was lost in the Middle Ages, only to be rediscovered and revived during the Renaissance. The exhibition, the first devoted to this particular artistic production, will bring together all the micro-sculptures of the Medici collection, alongside these other examples of plastic...

until the 28
August
2016

Fece di scoltura di legname e colori

The sculpture of the Fifteenth Century Wooden Painted in Florence by Alfredo Bellandi and Marta Onali

Throughout the first half of the fifteenth century the painted sculpture - a wooden, marble or terracotta - was the expression of the artistic primacy of sculpture. This exhibition is proposed for the first time to investigate, through a nucleus of about fifty works, the story of polychrome wooden sculpture of the fifteenth century in Florence, the city where the proximity of the shops, places of secret meetings between sculptors,...

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