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Uffizi

(o͞of-fē`tsē), palace in Florence, Italy, built in the 16th cent. by Giorgio VasariVasari, Giorgio
, 1511–74, Italian architect, writer, and painter. He is best known for his entertaining biographies of artists, Vite de' più eccellenti architetti, pittori e scultori italiani (1550, rev. ed.
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 for Cosimo I de' MediciMedici, Cosimo I de',
1519–74, duke of Florence (1537–69), grand duke of Tuscany (1569–74); son of Giovanni de' Medici (Giovanni delle Bande Nere). In 1537, Lorenzino de' Medici murdered Cosimo's predecessor, Alessandro de' Medici, and fled from Florence,
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 as public offices. It houses the state archives of Tuscany and the Uffizi Gallery, one of the world's richest art collections. Besides the Florentine, all the Italian as well as the Dutch and Flemish schools are well represented, with works by Botticelli, Raphael, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Titian, and Rubens, to name only a few. It also houses the world-famous statue of the Venus of the Medici (Greek, 3d cent. B.C.), with other Greek, Roman, and Renaissance sculpture. The Uffizi contains a fine collection of artists' self-portraits. In 1993 a car bomb (alleged to have been set by the Sicilian Mafia) damaged or destroyed portions of the palace, destroying three paintings and damaging more than 30 other works of art. In 1998 a renovated Uffizi reopened with damaged artworks and galleries restored. It now includes a new wing, bookshop, cafe, multimedia information center, and other features.
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9), (20) which is based on a black chalk drawing by Pontormo (Uffizi, Florence, Fig.
Smiling children such as his had also been seen in Pontormo's own art, especially in drawings such as the study for the Christ Child in the San Michele Visdomini altar-piece (Uffizi, Florence, no.
Ciampelli's Study for Joachim (Uffizi, Florence, no.
(32) Uffizi, Florence, no 108725: black and red chalks on white paper, 19 x 13 cm; see F.
(23) The latter two studies relate in a generic way both to the Baptism of Christ (Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence), painted jointly by Verrocchio and Leonardo for the monks of S Salvi, and to the Uffizi Annunciation.
(22) The Christ Church drawing is rendered with energetic, fluently modulated left handed diagonal parallel hatching, although somewhat disunified, as is also true of the Arno valley landscape drawing that was dated 5 August 1473 by Leonardo himself (Uffizi, Florence no.
(55) Examples of such drawings by Maso Finiguerra include Uffizi, Florence, nos.
231; Uffizi, Florence; Szepmuveszeti Muzeum, Budapest, no.