So I went to Florence for a couple of days and everyday we were going to see something artsy. One of my favorite things we saw was the Uffizi Gallery because there was so much beautiful and world famous art. This is really a must-see. Be smart though and get tickets online if you don’t have a Fiorenze card or you will be standing in line for hours in order to get in.
One of the busiest places in the museum is a place called the tribuna. It is an octagonal room in the Uffizi Gallery designed by Bernardo Buontalenti for Francesco I de’medici in 1584 to hold the masterpieces of the Medici family. Thankfully Anna Maria Luisa de’Medici, the last de’Medici standing, decided to donate all her art to the city of Florence on the condition that it would NEVER be moved outside of the city.
The whole design of the room is well-thought-out.The Form of the room gives reminds of a chapel. And you can also see the four elements back in the design. The floor was designed to resemble a flower with petals made of polychrome marble inlays spreading out from its heart. The marble represents the element earth. The table in the middle has the same shape as the room and was designed by Jacopo Ligozzi and placed there in 1649. It is made of semi-precious stone. The room is filled with paintings and statues.
the crimson velvet walls and the gold on the windows represent the element fire.
The statues we’re actual roman statues and then I spotted this Titian painting!
The roof is really pretty as well. Its made out of mother-of-pearl so it represents the element water. It lets in natural light so you get really good lighting for the art works as well.
The last element, the wind is represented by a weathervane on top of the dome but I wasn’t able to see/photograph that.
I really enjoyed this part of the Uffizi Gallery even though it is really crowded with people.
Buonasera amici miei,