Famous Italians Guard the Vino con Vista Uffizi in Florence Italy

Statue of Leonardo da Vinci ...by himself ? In...

Statue of Leonardo da Vinci …by himself ? In front of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Statue of Leonardo da Vinci signed by Luigi Pa...

Statue of Leonardo da Vinci signed by Luigi Pampaloni, Serie of the “Great Florentines”, Piazzale degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are plenty of Famous Italians!  The alcoves on the outside of the Uffizi Loggia in Florence highlight some of the most famous Italians. These famous Italians are watching over the Arno River and are probably symbolically guarding the museum’s treasures.

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Portrait recadré de Giorgio Vasari

Portrait recadré de Giorgio Vasari (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Uffizi houses art that was bequeathed by the Medici family and is the oldest art gallery in the world. The Uffizi contains the highest concentration of Renaissance art in the world.  The gallery owns about 4,800 works of art including paintings, sculptures, tapestries, furniture and pottery. The coves on the  of the exterior of the building are occupied by

Vasari, Giorgio 1511 - 1574 Cosimo I de' Medic...

Vasari, Giorgio 1511 – 1574 Cosimo I de’ Medici surrounded by his Architects, Engineers and Sculptors 1555-8 fresco Palazzo Vecchio, Florence (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The building that contains the gallery was built for Cosimo I.  It was created as a U-shaped administrative center of the Grand Duchy.  The museum was originally designed by Vasari in 1560. The interior of the structure is splendid.  Vasari was the court architect and master of public works for the Medici family. It was later linked to the Palazzo Vecchio to allow rulers to safely cross the city via the Vasari Corridor. Then it was linked to the Loggia dei Lanzi by Buonatalenti. The Vasari Corridor runs from the Palazzo Vecchio to the Uffizi to the Palazzo Pitti and the Boboli Gardens. It was created during the reign of Cosimo (1519-1574) to connect the seat of government with the court and residence at the Pitti Palace located on the left bank of the river.

Italians (from top, left to right): Galileo Ga...

Italians (from top, left to right): Galileo Galilei, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Leonardo da Vinci, Alessandro Volta, Guglielmo Marconi, Maria Gaetana Agnesi, Maria Montessori, Giordano Bruno Italiano: Italiani (dall’alto, da sinistra a destra): Galileo Galilei, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Leonardo da Vinci, Alessandro Volta, Guglielmo Marconi, Maria Gaetana Agnesi, Maria Montessori, Giordano Bruno (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Uffizi 08, Leonardo Da Vinci

Uffizi 08, Leonardo Da Vinci (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Uffizi

Uffizi (Photo credit: eblaser)

1. Leonardo da Vinci, the great master of the Renaissance earned the title “Universal Man.”  He was a celebrated painter, sculptor, architect, engineer and scientist.

c. 1472-1475

c. 1472-1475 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here are some UNESCO photos Leonardo’s ” The Last Supper” in Milan:

http://www.ourplaceworldheritage.com/custom.cfm?&action=site&regionid=9&site_country=ITALY&site_name=Church and Dominican Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie with The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci&siteid=48

The Mona Lisa.

The Mona Lisa. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci, Galleria d...

Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci, Galleria dell’ Accademia, Venice (1485-90) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Some of the other famous Italians that watch over the magnificent Uffizi masterpieces include:

Nicola Pisano, statue at the Uffizi in Florence

Nicola Pisano, statue at the Uffizi in Florence (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

2. Nicola Pisano carved the pulpit in the baptistry in Pisa and the ivory Virgin and Child (1300) in Pisa’s high altar in the Duomo.

3. Giotto (1266-1337) is regarded as the father of the Renaissance. Visit his famous frescoes in the Scrovengi Chapel in Padua.

Français : Agnus Dei au fronton de l'entrée du...

Français : Agnus Dei au fronton de l’entrée du Campanile de Giotto, à Florence, Italy. English: Agnus Dei, pediment of the entry of the Giotto’s bell tower in Florence, Italy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Italiano: Giovanni Dupré (1817-1882), Statua d...

Italiano: Giovanni Dupré (1817-1882), Statua di Giotto (1845), sita a Firenze presso la Galleria degli Uffizi. Fotografata da Frieda (dillo a Ubi) il 18 settembre 2004. English: Giovanni Dupré (1817-1882), Giotto (1845). Statue on the facade of the Uffizi Gallery. Français : Giovanni Dupré (1817-1882), Giotto (1845). Statue du piazzale des Offices. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

4. Donatello was the first Western sculptor to create a free standing nude.  See his David (1430) in the Bargello.

Donatello's genius made him an important figur...

Donatello’s genius made him an important figure in the early Italian Renaissance period. His works include St John the Baptist as a Youth, his Marzocco (the Florentine heraldic lion) and his famous mature work of the bronze David. This is located in the Bargello Palace and Museum. Français : Sculpture de David en bronze, réalisée par Donatello entre 1430 et 1432. Elle est conservée au palais du Bargello de Florence. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Italiano: Statua di Donatello, sita a Firenze ...

Italiano: Statua di Donatello, sita a Firenze presso gli Uffizi. Fotografata da Frieda (dillo a Ubi) il 18 settembre 2004. English: Statues at the Uffizi, on the facade of the Gallery building. Famous florentines: Donatello. Picture by used Frieda, September 18 2004. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Medici Family: Lorenzo the Magnificent, retouc...

Medici Family: Lorenzo the Magnificent, retouched (removed text, white balance) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

5. Lorenzo Medici became the ruler of Florence in 1469 and was Pope Leo X’s father. Lorenzo de’ Medici is buried in the Medici Chapel in Florence.

Bust of Lorenzo de' Medici by Verrocchio

Bust of Lorenzo de’ Medici by Verrocchio (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pictures are public domain taken from Wikimedi...

Pictures are public domain taken from Wikimedia. Galileo Galilei, Michelangelo, Alessandro Volta, Guglielmo Marconi, Leonardo da Vinci, Giordano Bruno. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

6. Michelangelo’s magnificentSistine Chapel ceiling (1512) and “Last Judgment” (1541) are located in the Vatican Museums in Rome “The Last Judgment” was painted above the altar wall of the chapel and portrays souls of the dead rising up to face the wrath of God for damnation or salvation. Visit his tomb at the Franciscan church of Santa Croce.

Michelangelo Buonarotti

Michelangelo Buonarotti (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Attributed to Michelangelo: Pietà Palestrina. ...

Attributed to Michelangelo: Pietà Palestrina. Galleria dell’Academia, Florence (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Grave of Michelangelo in Santa Croce in Firenze.

Grave of Michelangelo in Santa Croce in Firenze. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides to Italy and  Vino Con Vista Travel Guides can be purchased at these sites.

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