By Gary Marsh
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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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!
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.