Who would have thought that in the 21st century, the world of Renaissance art could contain more drama than a soap opera?
First, a long-sought-after Da Vinci is being hunted for as we speak (or rather, write). And now, it has been revealed that the home of Florence’s best art collection, the Uffizi Gallery, will be opening up rooms that have long been closed to the general public.
Florence’s bold, go-getter mayor Matteo Renzi has announced that on the 17th December 2011, the eight rooms of the Uffizi Gallery will be opened to the public. These eight rooms are considered quite unique and unlike anything else in what is one of the world’s most famous art galleries.
The Uffizi Gallery, already a must-see sight in Florence, will now have an additional 2500 artworks on public display, taken from what was considered the beautiful ‘Reserve’ collection.
In the context of the Uffizi Gallery collection, ‘Reserve’ should be taken in the same context as a wine reserve – the best of the batch put away for a later date – and not like a spare, second-rate selection as with, say, a sporting team or back-up Saturday night dinner plans.
To add a touch of intreigue, the which and where of the new works to be displayed remain a mystery. Some speculate certain works may even be placed inside the Vasari Corridor, which also houses an extensive and exclusive collection of great art in Florence. Works by great Spanish, German, French and Flemish artists are also said to be amongst the great new collection to be displayed in the Uffizi Gallery.
In 2011, the Uffizi Gallery hosted a display titled ‘I Mai Visti’ (‘The Never-before-seen’). This display will continue throughout 2012, however since they works have by now been seen throughout the year, the display will be more appropriately titled ‘Volti Svelati’ or, ‘Revealed Faces’.
And as with any drama, we have more exciting news to share on our next post about Renaissance art!
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