Florence, April 21st, 2015 – After they had been closed for restoration in July 2014, finally the Uffizi rooms 2-7 open again today. Without air-conditioning masterpieces were at risk because of the difference in temperature between Winter and Summer and also because of the humidity created by the crowds of tourists that visit the Uffizi Gallery every day.
Uffizi Rooms 2-7
These rooms contain masterpieces of the Late Gothic and early Renaissance, which had been partly moved into other rooms, partly just covered to protect them during the work. In particular, it was impossible to see the three magnificent “Maestà” (enthroned Virgin) by Giotto, Cimabue and Duccio di Buoninsegna, or the Coronation of the Virgin by Lorenzo Monaco. As for the other Late Gothic masterpieces, like Gentile da Fabriano Adoration of the Magi, the new location, after Michelangelo’s Doni Tondo, didn’t make a lot of sense for a visitor who had already seen all the evolution of arts that took place in Renaissance Florence.
Now that the chronological order of the collection is restored, visitors of the museum will enjoy room 2, comparing the paintings by Duccio and Cimabue to the innovative style of Giotto, to move to room 3, dedicated to Siena in the 14th century. Here, Simone Martini Annunciation is an example of how the Gothic style reached a new elegance. Room 4 shows paintings of the “trecento Fiorentino”, mainly made in a period of huge crisis after banking disasters and the plague had hit the city.
Uffizi rooms 5-6 actually are one single room dedicated to the International Gothic, a style that flourished in the early 15th century in all of Europe and even in Florence, where it was soon abandoned and overshadowed by the Renaissance. Room 7, finally, shows works by Masaccio, Fra Angelico and others who paved the way for the new artistic trend that made Florence so famous worldwide.
Here is a video showing the new Uffizi Rooms 2-7: