Uffizi Gallery Previews Newly Refurbished Rooms

May 4 2021

Image of Uffizi Gallery Previews Newly Refurbished Rooms

Picture: ilgiornaledellarte.com

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Uffizi Gallery in Florence have published images and details of some of the 14 newly refurbished rooms within their sprawling building. These newly decorated rooms on the first floor of the gallery will be home to 129 works of art within 2,000 square metres of space.

Update - And while we're on the Uffizi, the gallery will be sending its Madonna of the Roses by Titian to Miramare Castle near Trieste next spring as part of a new collaboration between the museums.


Update 2 - Additional pictures of the new galleries have been posted on Twitter, and in this case by the Italian art journalist Federico Giannini (@fedegiannini1).

It seems that the Uffizi have fully embraced dramatic spotlights and recessed niches in their new displays. This decidedly 'boutique' approach has been used by art dealers and auction houses for some time now and does lend itself for creating the feeling of peering into a dark cave of treasures. If this method helps to encourage visitors to increase their dwell time on pictures then it has done its job.

I would still make the case that to see paintings in natural light, as these ancient masters often intended, is still a magical experience. Afterall, paintings are not LED television screens, an effect which I sometimes think these spotlight displays knowingly or unknowingly imitate.

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