The Botticelli Room


By night, the two wings of the Galleria degli Uffizi frame the front of the Palazzo Vecchio with its tower
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Without question, my favorite part of the Uffizi Gallery is a large room dedicated almost entirely to the work of Sandro Botticelli.


My wife and I are real fans of Botticelli.  During a previous visit here, in fact, we were privileged to spend several hours at an all-Botticelli exhibit in (I believe) the Palazzo Strozzi.  It was arranged in chronological order, so that it was easily possible to see the development of his work and ideas.


We’re not particularly original, in this respect.  Like everybody else, for example, we love The Birth of Venus:


The Birth of Venus
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And, again like everyone else, we love his Primavera, or “Spring”:


Botticelli, “Spring” or “Primavera”


Both are in the same room at the Uffizi, as is another favorite of my wife’s, Botticelli’s Madonna of the Magnificat.  She loves the youthful face of Mary:


“The Madonna of the Magnificat”
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For some reason, I’ve always been partial to Botticelli’s Castello Annunciation, as it’s called:


The “Castello Annunciation” of Sandro Botticelli. A bit strange, perhaps, but there you have it.


All in all, a great room.  One of the greatest rooms in any art museum, anywhere.


Posted from Florence, Italy



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