Uffizi Gallery.

@garymarsh6 (14264)
United Kingdom
May 14, 2017 2:06pm CST
The Uffizi art gallery is one of the most important galleries in Italy if not the world. It houses many priceless pieces of art work from the Renaissance period. The building was built in 1560 and finished in 1581 by the Medici family to house the offices of the magistrates. The rooms were furnished with pieces of art work. There is a long narrow courtyard which leads down to the Arno river that flows through Florence. There are covered walkways either side of the courtyard. It is from one of these covered areas that you enter the gallery. Even though we had skip the line tickets we still queued for over an hour to get in. Such is its popularity it is not unknown to queue in the summer months for up to five hours to get in. The tour guide who took us on a whirlwind tour of the gallery only getting seconds to view some of the thousands of art pieces in the museum did not bode well as she seemed bored and in a hurry to rid us as a group. By the end of the tour having seen so much of the art work eventually it all rolled into one. It was all very samey samey such was the period of the time the paintings were created. Notable art works include works by : Michelangelo Botticelli Da Vinci Titian Raphael Caravaggio Rembrandt Goya Rubens Van Dyke Durer There were many other pieces of art work by other famous artists these were just off the top of my head. After three hours my feet were feeling like I wished they did not belong to me. I am pleased I have been there but I doubt I would ever need to go back again. The painting summed up my feeling towards the tour guide and captured my feelings perfectly! This was the last painting we saw at the end of the tour! I could not resist taking this photo.
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@just4him (120582)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
14 May 17
That picture does have a lot of feeling in it. I hadn't heard of that art gallery. I'm sorry it was a whirlwind tour and the tour guide was bored with it.
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@garymarsh6 (14264)
• United Kingdom
14 May 17
Yes I thought she was a bit rude to be honest having paid for the tour!
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@just4him (120582)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
14 May 17
@garymarsh6 I would probably think the same.
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@marguicha (97563)
• Chile
14 May 17
I went to the Uffizi Gallery a long time ago. I did not watch it properly as I stood enchanted by the paintings of Botticelli and did not have eyes for other things.
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@garymarsh6 (14264)
• United Kingdom
14 May 17
Michelangelo's work was beautiful as was Botticelli my favourite artist did not appear anywhere in the gallery sadly.
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@marguicha (97563)
• Chile
14 May 17
@garymarsh6 I also went there to theVatican and there I could enjoy Michelangelo.
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@garymarsh6 (14264)
• United Kingdom
14 May 17
@marguicha I spent from 07:00 to 23:00 in the Vatican. It was the best day of my life being in St Peters and the Vatican museum. Oh boy I felt I was in heaven!
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@FayeHazel (18491)
• United States
14 May 17
Thank you for sharing. I love art and museums. Is the picture a Caravaggio? It is truly lovely in it's use of light
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@garymarsh6 (14264)
• United Kingdom
14 May 17
It was a beautiful painting although by time we saw this I was pretty peeved with the guide or rather the racing steward. There were some beautiful exhibits there though!
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@boiboing (12875)
• Northampton, England
14 May 17
Luckily for you, most readers won't know the meaning of that gesture.
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@garymarsh6 (14264)
• United Kingdom
14 May 17
OH I think they may well do!
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@dragon54u (31615)
• United States
14 May 17
@boiboing, I think that gesture is universal!
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@garymarsh6 (14264)
• United Kingdom
14 May 17
@dragon54u Oops! You get my meaning though!
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@Inlemay (16681)
• South Africa
15 May 17
that list looks like one I would like to have for my "dinner guests" imagine all of them in a room together
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@garymarsh6 (14264)
• United Kingdom
15 May 17
That would be something else! Wow yes!
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@JohnRoberts (60348)
• Los Angeles, California
14 May 17
My kind of place!
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@garymarsh6 (14264)
• United Kingdom
14 May 17
Florence is a dream!
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@amadeo (67872)
• United States
14 May 17
another place we have been.I do have some of this in my photo book
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@garymarsh6 (14264)
• United Kingdom
14 May 17
It is quite a stunning place isn't it!
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@dragon54u (31615)
• United States
14 May 17
Wow, that is a wonderful experience even if it was so short! I could look at that photo you took for hours. The way the light from the candle illuminates it is amazing, so realistic, I am stunned at the talent and artistry it must take to do that in oil paints. I could spend days in a place like that gallery!
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@garymarsh6 (14264)
• United Kingdom
14 May 17
There were many beautiful pieces there. Too much to take in in such a short time to be honest. It was jammed packed too and they were only letting so many in at a time!
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@LadyDuck (164154)
• Switzerland
15 May 17
The Uffizi is surely my favorite art gallery. While I think that painting was not what Leonardo Da Vinci did best, I love most of the pieces showed there. Religious painting are not my favorite, there are many others that I liked more than this one.
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@garymarsh6 (14264)
• United Kingdom
18 May 17
It was nice Anna but I would have preferred to look on my own rather than with Mrs Race horse the tour guide!
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@LadyDuck (164154)
• Switzerland
19 May 17
@garymarsh6 I looked on my own, I do not like to be rushed.
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@garymarsh6 (14264)
• United Kingdom
20 May 17
@LadyDuck I know Anna. I found it quite irritating but you can understand who would want to queue for 3-4 hours to get in!
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• United States
14 May 17
What lovely art work you have seen Gary. Treasures indeed! I could imagine being there reading your words here.
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@garymarsh6 (14264)
• United Kingdom
14 May 17
Glad you got that feeling
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• United States
14 May 17
@garymarsh6 Did thanks Gary.
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@nomus24g (23799)
• India
14 May 17
wonderful piece of art
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@garymarsh6 (14264)
• United Kingdom
14 May 17
The whole gallery is amazing!
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@nomus24g (23799)
• India
14 May 17
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@mandala100 (46365)
• Hong Kong
14 May 17
So many paintings you've seen there.
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@garymarsh6 (14264)
• United Kingdom
16 May 17
Hundreds!
@Kandae11 (38813)
14 May 17
Lovely! Paintings during that period looked so real, it boggles the mind.
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@garymarsh6 (14264)
• United Kingdom
14 May 17
They did seem to catch the moment in their paintings.
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@Nawsheen (23067)
• Mauritius
15 May 17
Valuable piece of information. Thanks for sharing. For some reasons this post is reminding me of the movie the Da vinci Code.
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@bluesa (13580)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
17 May 17
Hehe! That photo says it perfectly, Gary . What a list of art works though. Three hours! I sympathise with your feet @garymarsh6 !
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@garymarsh6 (14264)
• United Kingdom
18 May 17
They were quite tired by the end of our day in Florence!
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@bluesa (13580)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
19 May 17
@garymarsh6 I believe that!
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@garymarsh6 (14264)
• United Kingdom
20 May 17
@bluesa I felt like going into the body shop to see if they sold new feet !!
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@BettyB (4219)
• Summerville, South Carolina
16 May 17
I can't remember if we visited this gallery or not when we were in Florence. It's been years. You are right. When you see so much so fast, it all blends together.
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@garymarsh6 (14264)
• United Kingdom
16 May 17
I am sure you must have done if you were in Florence. It is a must visit place. Florence is a beautiful city!
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@BettyB (4219)
• Summerville, South Carolina
16 May 17
@garymarsh6 It is but the trip to Italy was 30 years ago. I've forgotten the details.
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@garymarsh6 (14264)
• United Kingdom
20 May 17
@BettyB I am quite lucky I usually remember most of the places I visit.
@YrNemo (13442)
19 May 17
Almost likes opening an art book about a certain period. All the paintings look similar after a while (all are beautiful of course!). At least you were there, seeing those real things with your own eyes.
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@garymarsh6 (14264)
• United Kingdom
20 May 17
Absolutely. It was a beautiful museum.
@Gillygirl (17342)
• Sutton, England
19 May 17
It's a shame the tour guide was disinterested. Beautiful painting. My dad always wanted to visit this gallery.
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@garymarsh6 (14264)
• United Kingdom
20 May 17
Florence is a beautiful city.
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• China
15 May 17
It was a real feast for you,though felt tired.To my surprise,they allowed you to take a photo.
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@garymarsh6 (14264)
• United Kingdom
15 May 17
You can take photos but without a flash!
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@jstory07 (68387)
• Roseburg, Oregon
15 May 17
To bad you could not go through the place real slow and really look the art work over.
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@garymarsh6 (14264)
• United Kingdom
16 May 17
You would need a whole day for that I should imagine!
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