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Uffizi Gallery artworks - Renasissance collection of paintings, sculptures, prints & more

Uffizi Gallery Collections

The city of Florence, called the Cradle of Renaissance, is home to some of the world’s most exemplary art galleries. The Uffizi Art Gallery is one such notable art museum that is on every visitor’s wishlist. It is home to some of the most important works in all of Western European art history. While exploring the works on display, you will learn about the different periods of art and gain a greater understanding of the cultural, economical, and political scenarios of the past.

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Painting

The huge collection of paintings at Uffizi Gallery is carefully distributed over 45 museum halls and features the works of prominent Renaissance artists such as Raphael, Sandro Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Titian, Michelangelo, etc. Additionally, you will also find modern artworks by Dutch, Flemish, and German painters showcased here.  

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Sculptures

The Uffizi collection boasts a remarkable series of sculptures predominantly from the Hellenistic and Roman periods. The first, second, and third corridors of the second floor are adorned with an endless series of classical statues and busts. The Statue of Empress Helena, The Sleeping Ariadne (weighing nearly 2 tons), and the Portrait of Agrippa are among the museum’s most prized attractions. 

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Department of Prints & Drawings

Located on the first floor is the Department of Prints and Drawings which contains a comprehensive collection of more than 177,000 artworks belonging from the 14th to 20th century. Here, you can lay your eyes on the black-and-white etchings, drawings, and prints by the likes of Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Alfonso Parigi, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Leonardo da Vinci, Piero di Cosimo, etc. 

Books & archives

Books & archives

Housed in the Uffizi Gallery, the Library features 78,600 items, including 470 manuscripts, 5 incunabula, 192 sixteenth-century editions, and 1,136 periodicals. Established by Grand Duke Peter Leopold in the 18th century, it moved to the Magliabechiana Library premises in 1998. Collections range from historical-artistic publications to manuscripts dating back to the fourteenth century.

Uffizi Museum highlights

Paintings

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The Birth of Venus

Artist: Sandro Botticelli

In rooms #10-14, you'll find Sandro Botticelli's masterpiece, The Birth of Venus, painted around 1485. This artwork depicts the goddess of love and beauty, Venus, inspired by classical statues and the Hellenistic period. The scene portrays Venus arriving on the island of Cyprus on a large scallop shell.

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The Annunciation

Artists: Leonardo Da Vinci and Andrea del Verrochio

The genius Leonardo da Vinci’s Annunciation, created between 1475 and 1480, greets visitors as they walk into room #35. Though one of his early works, it beautifully depicts the moment when the Virgin Mary receives the Archangel Gabriel's announcement of Jesus' birth. While not as technically perfected as his later works, it is still a compelling portrayal.

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Medusa

Artist: Caravaggio

Caravaggio's renowned painting "Medusa" is showcased in room #90 at the Uffizi Gallery. Created in 1597 as a gift for Grand Duke Medici, the artwork depicts the mythological character Medusa, known for turning men to stone with her venomous snakes for hair. Caravaggio, a pioneering Renaissance artist, used his own face to convey Medusa's horrified expression after her beheading by the Greek demigod Perseus.

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Venus of Urbino

Artist: Titian

Titian's 1538 painting, inspired by Giorgione’s Sleeping Venus, boldly portrays the goddess Venus in a seductive pose, gazing at the viewer. Although considered erotic and controversial in its time, it is now displayed in room #83. The painting beautifully captures Venus's luminous skin and soft features, with allegorical elements woven throughout.

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Coronation of the Virgin

Artist: Fra Angelico

The Coronation of the Virgin is a revered altarpiece, representing Virgin's coronation by Christ. Part of a triptych, its companions are The Marriage and The Funeral of the Virgin, located at San Marco in Florence. Created by Fra Angelico, the gilded technique illuminates the scene with golden rays, evoking spirituality. The painting, radiating beauty, is a delight to see!

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Ognissanti Maestà

Artist: Giotto di Bondone

Giotto di Bondone's "Maestà" portrays Mary and Jesus in a regal pose on a throne. Created around 1300-1305, it reflects the traditional Italo-Byzantine style with distinctive gold coloring. Notably, Giotto pioneered three-dimensional figures, setting his work apart in western European art history. The painting is the beginning of his innovative approach, breaking away from the artistic norms of its time.

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Judith Beheading Holofernes

Artist: Artemisia Gentileschi

Painted around 1620 by Artemisia Gentileschi, Judith Beheading Holofernes depicts the biblical tale of Judith beheading Holofernes. The artwork, known for its intense portrayal of violence and the protagonist's determination, faced strong reactions in the 17th century but is now appreciated for its feminist theme. Find this compelling masterpiece in room #90 at the Uffizi Gallery.

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Adoration of the Magi

Artist: Gentile da Fabriano

Fabriano's Adoration of the Magi, showcasing the biblical encounter between the Magi, Virgin Mary, and newborn Jesus, stands out in International Gothic painting. In rooms #5-6, its distinction lies in Fabriano's meticulous details, use of precious stones, and authentic gold threads. The mastery of light in this painting breathes life into the scene, inviting you to appreciate its brilliance and artistry.

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The Ognissanti Madonna

Artist: Giotto

The Ognissanti Madonna, a masterpiece by Giotto di Bondone, graces Room #2 on the Uffizi Gallery's second floor. Painted between 1300 and 1305, it originally adorned the Florentine Church of Ognissanti. Giotto's innovative approach, portraying Mary as a regal figure with baby Jesus surrounded by angels and saints, introduced a groundbreaking sense of 3-dimensional reality. His ideas played a pivotal role in ushering in the Renaissance era.

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La Primavera

Artist: Botticelli

Room #10-14 is home to another masterpiece by Sandro Botticelli titled La Primavera or Spring’  The Renaissance artist drew figures from classical mythology like Zephyrus, Chloris, Flora (the spring goddess), Mercury, Venus, and the Three Graces in an orange grove, speculated to be the realm of Venus, celebrating the arrival of spring.

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Bacchus

Artist: Caravaggio

Dated to 1598 AD, this still life is part of Caravaggio’s health-length portraits. The oil painting features Bacchus with fruit and a carafe of wine in front of him. He extends a goblet of wine out, almost as if offering the viewer to join him.

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Crucifixion

Artist: Niccolò di Pietro Gerini 

Made with tempera on panel, Gerini uses a traditional composition method where his figures are stiff yet dramatic. It centers around the crucifixion of Jesus surrounded by John, Mary, and the angels. It was bought and given to Uffizi Museum in 2011 by the Italian government.

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Thebaid

Artist: Beato Angelico

Dated to 1420 AD, the main theme of Thebaid is spirituality. It features a rocky landscape where monks and ascetics are praying in Thebes. Created in Early Renaissance style, one can see scenes from the lives of famous saints here. It is one of the fully intact paintings in Uffizi Gallery today.

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Bianco Nero

Artist: Alberto Burri

Using plastic, acrylic, and polyvinyl on Celotex, Bianco Nero was made by Italian visual artist Alberto Burri in 1969. A piece from the “Bianchi-Neri” collection, sheds light on the artist's unorthodox methods and mediums to create a contrasting work featuring opposing colors and different textures.

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Portrait of Bishop of Bologna, Ludovico Beccadelli (1501-1572)

Artist: Titian

This oil-on-canvas painting is dated to 1552 and is considered one of Titian's best portraits. The open letter in the figure's hand contains both the name of the Catholic archbishop and the artist himself, and was lauded for its close likeness to the subject.

Sculptures

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Martyrdom of Saint Lawrence

Artist: Gian Lorenzo Bernini 

Created from a single block of Carrara marble, the statue was sculpted by Bernini when he was around 15 years old. He used different tools to create textures and only the front part of the sculpture is polished, indicating that is how it was meant to be viewed.

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Pomona

Artist: Marini Marino

This bronze sculpture, about 160 cm in height, depicts the Etruscan god of fertility — Pomona. Made in 1941, Marino depicted Pomona in numerous mediums from drawings to sculptures around this period. This particular sculpture has two replicas, one of which is in the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium in Brussels.

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Medici Venus

Artist: Unknown

The Medici Venus, sculpted in the 2nd century B.C., is a graceful representation of the Greek goddess Aphrodite. Standing at 153 cm, this marble statue features the goddess covering herself modestly. The statue underwent minimal restoration, revealing traces of its original gilded adornments during a 2012 renovation.

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Laocoon and His Sons

Artist: Baccio Bandinelli 

An absolutely unmissable artwork at the Uffizi Art Gallery is Laocoon and His Sons by the 16th-century sculptor, Baccio Bandinelli. The life-size sculpture is a replica of the original Hellenistic sculpture that stands on a permanent display at the Vatican Museum. The inspiration for the sculpture was taken from the poet Virgil’s epic poem titled Aeneid.

Putto with Lightning Bolt

Putto with Lightning Bolt

Artist: Praxiteles and Polycletus

The Roman marble relief, Putto with Lightning Bolt, from the mid-1st century A.D., adorned Emperor Claudius's podium. Originally part of a larger composition, it now features a putto holding Zeus’ Lightning Bolt. Attributed to Praxiteles and Polycletus, the relief offers insights into ancient statuary techniques, with traces of gilding on the putto's wings.

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Sarcophagus depicting the labours of Hercules

Artist: Unknown

The Roman sarcophagus, depicting the Labours of Hercules and dating from 150-160 A.D., stands as a testament to ancient burial customs. Crafted from Docimium marble, it illustrates Hercules' heroic tasks on its long sides, symbolizing the deceased's journey to eternal life. The sarcophagus, now in Room 34, showcases exquisite artistry from the early Antonine age.

Sandro Botticelli

Sandro Botticelli

Renowned for his ethereal masterpieces, Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus" and "Primavera" showcase his iconic use of grace and symbolism.

Caravaggio

Caravaggio

A master of chiaroscuro, Caravaggio's intense realism and dramatic lighting captivate in works like "Medusa" and "Bacchus."

Annunciation

Leonardo da Vinci

The genius behind the "Annunciation" and "Adoration of the Magi," da Vinci's diverse talents span art, science, and innovation.

Doni Tondo

Michelangelo

Known for the sublime "Doni Tondo" and his iconic sculptures, Michelangelo's influence extends from the Sistine Chapel to the Uffizi Gallery.

Apart from the ones mentioned above, the Uffizi Museum is full of different works covering a range of mediums and time periods. The following are some more famous artworks at the Uffizi Gallery.

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Portrait of Young Girl, Francesco Furini (1650)

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Portrait of an old man (The Old Rabbi), Rembrandt (1665)

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Sleeping Eros, Unknown - Roman art (2nd century A.D.)

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Spring, Sandro Botticelli (1480)

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Girl with a Cigarette I (Portrait of Miss X.), Anders Zorn (1891)

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Nursing Madonna, Defendente Ferrari (1505-1511)

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The Duke and Duchess of Urbino Federico da Montefeltro and Battista Sforza, Piero della Francesca (1473-1475)

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Altar in honor of Hateria Superba, Unknown - Roman art (Mid-first century AD)




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What types of artwork collections does the Uffizi Gallery hold?

The Uffizi boasts an extensive collection of Renaissance art. The core of Uffizi’s collection comprises paintings featuring works by renowned artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Botticelli, and Raphael. It also houses a significant collection of sculptures ranging from ancient Roman copies of Greek sculptures to Renaissance works by Benvenuto Cellini and Giambologna. It also houses one of the most important collections of drawings and prints as well as a collection of decorative arts, & ancient artifacts.

Who are some of the most famous artists associated with the Uffizi Gallery?

The Uffizi Gallery is renowned for its collection of works by some of the most famous artists of the Italian Renaissance and beyond. Notable artists associated with the Uffizi Gallery include:
- Leonardo da Vinci: Known for his mastery across various disciplines, the Uffizi houses several of his works, including the Annunciation.
- Michelangelo Buonarroti: Although more famous for his sculptures, Michelangelo's painting Doni Tondo is a highlight here.
- Sandro Botticelli: The Uffizi is home to two of Botticelli's most celebrated paintings, The Birth of Venus and Primavera.
- Raphael Sanzio: Renowned for his Madonnas, Raphael's Madonna of the Goldfinch is among the treasures of the Uffizi.
- Titian (Tiziano Vecellio): This Venetian master's works, including the Venus of Urbino, are key pieces in the gallery's collection.
- Caravaggio (Michelangelo Merisi): Known for his dramatic use of light and shadow, Caravaggio's Medusa is a must-see.

How many pieces of art are in the Uffizi Gallery?

The Uffizi boasts of a collection of over 10,000 works, including paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings, spanning from the Middle Ages to the modern period, with a particular focus on the Italian Renaissance. It's important to note that only about 2,200 artworks are on display at a given time; the gallery rotates its exhibitions to both preserve the artworks and highlight different aspects of its collection.

Do I need to buy separate tickets to view the collection at Uffizi?

No, your Uffizi Gallery tickets allow you to explore the entire collection on display at the Uffizi. You can purchase a standard entry ticket to view the collection at Uffizi Art Gallery.

Are there any rare or famous works?

Famous artworks include Botticelli's The Birth of Venus, Leonardo's Annunciation and Doni Tondo, Titian’s Venus of Urbino, Madonna of the Goldfinch by Raphael, and Caravaggio’s Medusa.

How often is the collection updated?

The Uffizi Gallery's collection is not frequently "updated" in the sense of acquiring new artworks, as its core collection is historic and consists largely of works that have been part of the museum's holdings for centuries, primarily from the Renaissance period. However, the museum does engage in several practices that refresh and enhance the visitor experience and scholarly research. 
For example, the Uffizi regularly hosts temporary exhibitions that explore specific themes, artists, or periods, often incorporating works from its storerooms not typically on public display or borrowing pieces from other institutions.
Additionally, due to the sensitive nature of many artworks, especially drawings, and prints that are susceptible to light damage, the Uffizi rotates these items regularly, offering visitors a chance to see different pieces from the collection at different times. And, while rare, the Uffizi does occasionally acquire new pieces through donations, bequests, or selective purchases, often to fill specific gaps in the collection or to complement existing works.

Can visitors view the entire collection?

Visitors to the Uffizi Gallery cannot view the entire collection at once due to the vast number of works it encompasses and the practical limitations of display space and conservation requirements. The gallery displays a selection of its most significant and representative pieces to the public, which still amounts to hundreds of artworks across its many rooms. 
To manage the preservation of sensitive pieces, such as drawings and prints, which can be damaged by light and environmental exposure, the gallery rotates these works, displaying them for short periods or in special exhibitions. Furthermore, the Uffizi often hosts temporary exhibitions that showcase specific themes, artists, or periods, drawing both from its permanent collection and loans from other institutions, offering visitors a chance to see works that are not always on display.
For those interested in parts of the collection that are not currently viewable in the public galleries, the Uffizi has been working on digital initiatives, providing virtual access to more of its holdings through online galleries and databases, allowing a broader exploration of its treasures beyond the physical visit.