Lifting the Lid on Palazzo Pitti’s Cucinone

The restoration of one of the most interesting and lesser-known parts of Palazzo Pitti, the so-called cucinone (large kitchens), is now complete. The restoration began earlier this year and cost approximately €100,000. With their fireplaces, ovens, sinks, and various utensils, the cucinone were originally built in the years between 1588 and 1599, in time for …

Uffizi, Accademia and Bargello announce extended summer hours

The Uffizi Museum, Accademia Gallery and the National Bargello Museum are now opening their doors to visitors for nocturnal gallery-gazing from 7–11 p.m. every Saturday evening until December 19. The Uffizi Gallery is also offering free guided visits to the Contini Bonacossi Collection and the former church of San Pier Scheraggio over the summer. The …

The Illusion of Sciltian

On the thirtieth anniversary of his death, the Museum of Villa Bardini of Florence is celebrating Gregorio Sciltian’s artistic career with a major retrospective at the Bardini Museum, curated by Stefano Sbarbaro. The last retrospective dedicated to the artist dates back almost 20 years – in 1986, at the Palazzo dei Diamanti in Ferrara. Showcasing …

Imagining the Black Body and Re-Staging Histories

Exhibit on display until Aug. 29 A multimedia art exhibition entitled ReSignifications that examines and deconstructs the image of the black body through a groundbreaking and unique artistic dialogue is on display until August 29 at the historic Villa La Pietra, New York University’s Florence campus, and the Bardini Museum. The exhibition draws a remarkable …

Leonardo’s Self-Portrait Displayed for First Time

Leonardo da Vinci’s famous self-portrait is being shown to the public for the very first time this summer in Rome. Normally preserved in the Royal Library of Turin’s vault and rarely visible to the public, the painting is on display at the Capitoline Museum until August 3. Titled L’Autoritratto (Self-portrait), the exhibition includes information about …

Sun in the House

Palazzo Davanzati Museum is hosting Sun in the House until Sept. 7. The exhibit, a testament to the craftsmen who produced domestic pottery objects, showcases ceramic objects used in everyday life in Italy from the 17th to 21st centuries.   Held in conjunction with Expo 2015 events in Milan, Sun in the House accounts for …

Uffizi Reopens Historic Renaissance Painting Hall

The Uffizi Gallery has reopened Hall n. 8, dedicated to Renaissance painting. Some of the most important paintings of the gallery – such as Paolo Uccello’s San Romano’s battle, Masaccio’s Sant’Anna Metterza, Filippo Lippi’s Madonna and Child, and Domenico Veneziano’s Sacred Conversation – are again on display in their original setting. The hall was closed …