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Long Profile of the Uffizi Gallery (Galleria degli Uffizi)

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The world famous art museum, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy.

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Established:

Internationally renowned Uffizi Gallery (Galleria degli Uffizi) is one of the oldest art museums in the world.

It originated in 1560, when Lord of Tuscany Cosimo I dei Medici (1519-1574) commissioned painter and architect Giorgio Vasari to build the Uffizi which was to be home to the State's government offices. Construction of the horseshoe-shaped building began in 1560 and ended in 1581. Publicly, the Uffizi officially opened as a museum in 1765.

History:

Cosimo I dei Medici was 18 years old when he became leader of the Tuscan State. He moved to Palazzo Vechhio which he renovated, and afterwards he planned to create a vast development of the area surrounding and including the Piazza della Signoria.

He wanted an impressive building to house the government’s offices (“offices” is “Uffizi” in Italian) which was located near the Arno River. He commissioned renowned painter and architect Giorgio Vasari to design the structure. Building began in 1560 and ended in 1581.

The Uffizi Gallery created by Grand Duke Francesco I came to house the prestigious art collection of the Medici family. Over the years, the collection expanded under the auspices of the Lorraine Grand-Dukes, and eventually the Italian State.

The remarkable Vasari Corridor which connects the Uffizi with the Pitti Palace contains a renowned collection of 17th-century paintings and artists’ self-portraits.

Mission:

The mission of the Uffizi Gallery is to preserve and protect the prestigious art collection, and to allow public exhibition and scholarly research of Italy's cultural heritage.

Location:

The Uffizi Gallery (Galleria degli Uffizi) is located near the Arno River in historic Florence, Italy.

Museum's Conservation Department:

The Restoration Department is open to the public by appointment only. The address is Via Lambertesca 6. 50122 Firenze, Italy, Tel: 0552388664/661. E-mail: uffrest@polomuseale.firenze.it; dirrest@polomuseale.firenze.it

Noteworthy Facts:

The Uffizi Library is for academics, arts researchers and students.

"Its holdings include 470 manuscripts relating to the Florentine collections and a library specialized in art history that is essential for the study and documentation of these collections. There are 64,000 volumes including 5 incunabula, 192 Aldine, 1445 books printed between 1601 and 1800, 1136 periodicals (approx.140 are kept up to date)."

Additionally, ArtFirstGuide “Uffizi” is an iPhone application. It provides detailed information on the artworks, maps of the museum, and travel information about Florence.

Famed Artworks in Collection:

The Uffizi Gallery is world renowned for its famed Medici collection of Renaissance paintings and sculptures.

Famous paintings by the Italian Renaissance Masters are well represented here. Notable paintings include: Sandro Botticelli’s Primavera, and The Birth of Venus, and Leonardo da Vinci’s The Annunciation, and The Adoration of the Magi and Artemisia Gentileschi’s Judith and Holofernes.

Also on display are masterpieces by famous artists: Giotto, Titian, Raphael, Cimabue, Uccello, Piero della Francesco, Michelangelo, Albrecht Dürer, Caravaggio, and Rembrandt Van Rijn.

Employment Information:

Public sector jobs such as working for the Polo Museale Fiorentino are normally announced in the Official Journal (Gazzetta Ufficiale), while other services may be run by private companies. Contact their Personnel Office for potential jobs.

Volunteer positions are applied via local volunteer associations.

Note that a background in art history and Italian is recommended.

How to Apply for a Job:

Contact the Personnel Office regarding possible employment. Their address is Via della Ninna 5. 50122 Firenze, Tel: 0552388637/670/689

E-mail: uffpersonale@polomuseale.firenze.it

Open to the public: Monday-Friday, 8:00 - 9:30; 12:30 - 14:00

Museum's Contact Info:

The Uffizi Gallery, Galleria degli Uffizi, Piazzale degli Uffizi, 50122 Firenze, Italy

Uffizi Gallery website

Museum Hours: Open Tuesday to Sunday 8:15 – 18:50. Closed Monday, New Year’s Day, May 1st and Christmas Day.

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