FLORENCE, ITALY – Rolled gold hair, her lips painted red, holes in the lobes for precious earrings. The Medici Venus, for centuries the icon of the Uffizi Gallery (Canova considered her an archetype of female beauty), has not always been as we see it.
The restorations more than one year are affecting the Tribune and the sculptures here are hosted by the late seventeenth century offer surprises and suggestions, thanks to funding provided by the non-profit foundation Friends of Florence.
The Tribune in the Uffizi Gallery is one of the first museum collections in the world. Established by the Medici when the Uffizi was constructed in the 1500s, this octagonal room is a unique treasure of extraordinary ancient sculptures, portraits, and other artworks that they especially prized.
The room features precious mother of pearl decorations, marbles, silks, and shells symbolizing the four elements as well as ancient Greek sculptures including the Medici Venus, the Apollino, the Wrestlers and other figures.