I am still confined at home for the Covid-19 measures with my PC in the office, so I kindly asked Lisa Marie to forward this message to all of you.
I think you will be pleased to learn about the last acquisition made by the Uffizi and announced yesterday in a press release, of which I attach a summary with some nice pictures.
This printed view of Renaissance Florence, dating from 1557 was bought through an antiquarian in California. It is a very important acquisition for the Department of Prints and Drawings collection, both for its rarity and the very large size – 1,30 meters wide and 36 centimeters high – as well as for the detailed complete representation of all the main monuments of mid 16th-century Florence, perfectly recognizable to us today, such as the Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio, Palazzo Pitti, Santa Croce, Santa Maria Novella…
At this link Printed View of Florence you will find an article about the acquisition, with a video (in Italian) by the curator.
I send you another link which I think you will appreciate: Uffizi Virtual Tour
This new virtual tour allows a 3D exploration of the new Halls of XVI-Century Venetian Painting opened last year, including the Titian Room sponsored by the Friends. Whenever you miss the Uffizi, you can virtually visit the Gallery and find your favorite paintings…
It is still impossible to know when “real” visits will resume. Measures to relax the lockdown are being studied but social distancing is still a must, so few people will have access and I think it is going to be very difficult because a lot of staff will be necessary.
We’ll see…I’ll keep you posted.