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Uffizi Revolution

Second floor to be dedicated to Renaissance masters

Director of the Uffizi Eike Schmidt announced last November that the museum will undergo a revolution next year as an entire floor, the second, will be dedicated to four Renaissance masters.

The second floor of the museum, which was established in the late 16th century, will now display Michelangelo, Botticelli, Leonardo, and Raphael.  Michelangelo and Botticelli are already on the second floor, while Leonardo and Raphael will ‘move up’ from the first. Schmidt has said that the second floor will have an independent entrance, which will allow spectators to view the four masters in a single visit.

The Uffizi director has also announced an important piece of news for next year: the comeback, probably by Easter, of Leonardo’s ‘The Adoration of the Magi” after a long period of restoration. There will be an entire show to celebrate its return to the Uffizi.

More changes will take place in 2017, such as the one-size-fits-all tickets that will force visitors to follow a mandatory path.

Along with these alterations, Schmidt is preparing a 800-square-metre exhibition space on the ground floor of the museum that will be entirely dedicated to temporary exhibits and will have an independent entrance and separate tickets.

Schmidt also announced his intention to no longer open the museum to fashion shows such as Pitti Uomo.  “Neither the rooms nor the hallways are suitable for fashion shows,” he said, adding that private events and dinners will be limited to the terrace and the city’s Magliabechiana Library.


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