My sister asked me the other day whether I could list my top 10 favourite works in the Uffizzi Gallery in Florence and I told her I would try. Well, I pulled out my big Uffizzi book and found not 10… but 27! I also wanted to add some of my favourites that are throughout Florence but I may have to do that later on for I would end up with a whole lot more and this would be an extremely long post!
So here are the works that I chose! All of them are paintings for many of the important sculptures and architectural elements are in other museums or still in situ around the city. You really have to explore to see it all!
Giotto, The Ognissanti Madonna, c. 1310, tempera on wood, 325 x 204
Paolo Uccello, The Battle of San Romano (The unhorsing of Bernardino della Carda from the Battle of San Romano cycle), c. 1438, tempera on wood, 185 x 220
Filippo Lippi, Madonna with Child and Two Angels, c. 1465, tempera on wood, 93 x 62.5
Piero della Francesca, Diptych of the Duchess and Duke of Urbino, c. 1472, tempera on wood, 47 x 33
Sandro Botticelli, The Birth of Venus, c. 1484, tempera on linen, 172.5 x 278.5
Leonardo da Vinci, Annunciation, c. 1472, tempera mixed with oil on wood, 98 x 217
Leonardo da Vinci, Adoration of the Magi, 1481, tempera mixed with oil on wood, 243 x 246
Hugo van der Goes, The Portinari Altarpiece, c. 1477-1478
Lucas Cranach the Elder, Portrait of Martin Luther and his Wife Katherina Bore, signed and dated 1529, oil on wood, 36.5 x 23; 37 x 23
Michelangelo Buonarroti, Doni Tondo, c. 1506-1508, tempera on wood, diam. 120, with the frame 170
Raphael, Self-portrait, c. 1506, tempera on wood, 47.5 x 33
Raphael, Madonna of the Goldfinch, c. 1505-1506, tempera on wood, 107 x 77.2
Raphael, Portrait of Pope Leo X with Cardinals Giulio de’ Medici and Luigi de’ Rossi, 1518, oil on wood, 155.5 x 119.5
Titian, Flora, c. 1515-1517, oil on canvas, 79.7 x 63.5
Titian, Portrait of Eleonora Gonzaga della Rovere, c. 1536-1538, oil on canvas, 114 x 103
Titian, Venus of Urbino, 1538, oil on canvas, 119 x 165
Parmigianino, The Madonna of the Long Neck, c. 1534-1539, oil on wood, 219 x 135
Annibale Carracci, Venus, a Satyr and Two Cupids, c. 1588, oil on canvas, 112 x 142
Caravaggio, The Adolescent Bacchus, c. 1598, oil on canvas, 95 x 85
Caravaggio, Medusa, c. 1595-1598, oil on canvas-covered wood, diam. 55
Caravaggio, Sacrifice of Isaac, c. 1603, oil on canvas, 104 x 135
Artemisia Gentileschi, Judith and Holofernes, c. 1620, oil on canvas, 199 x 162.5
Rembrandt, Self-portrait as a Young Man, c. 1634, oil on wood, 62.5 x 54
Diego Velazquez, Philip IV of Spain on Horseback, c. 1645, oil on canvas, 338 x 267
Diego Velazquez, Self-portrait, c. 1644-1652, oil on canvas, 103.5 x 85.5
Francisco Goya, Portrait of Maria Teresa, Countess of Chinchon, c. 1798, oil on canvas, 220 x 140
I chose works that really show the creative changes throughout the centuries, such as the transition from tempera on wood to oil on canvas and the increased amount of secular paintings over religious.
Of course these are all works that I know I’d have to see whenever I go to the Uffizzi and everyone loves different styles and artists. The best way to do it would be to go early and just wander. The building and the rooms are at times equally as beautiful as the art hanging on its walls.
Just wander and enjoy!
(Info from the Uffizzi Gallery Art History Collections and images from Google Image)