Gerard of the Night: Gerard van Honthorst’s Curious Paintings and Merry Scenes. - From 02/10/15 to 05/24/15
From February 10 to May 24, 2015, you’ll have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience almost all known works painted by famous Dutch artist of the Golden Age during his time in Italy, in the first monographic exhibition ever to be staged. When Gerard (or Gerrit) van Honthorst suddenly left Rome in the late spring of 1620 to return permanently to his native Utrecht, he had resided in Italy for about ten years. The painter’s Italian period is qualitatively richer and fuller of stylistic innovations than any other. The encounter with the revolutionary Caravaggio was almost immediate, and van Honthorst’s early paintings attest the strength and the rawness of the art of a deeply struck young artist departing from his Northern naturalist tradition. Within a short time, Honthorst became a great protagonist, his style gained consistency and he reached heights of remarkable virtuosity, particularly in the candlelit night scenes (hence the nickname “Gerard of the Night” - Gherardo delle Notti). Soon he was sought after by prestigious collectors, such as the Marquis Vincenzo Giustiniani and the Grand Duke of Tuscany Cosimo II.
It is precisely because of the passion of Cosimo II for Honthorst’s work that Florence now owns four beautiful canvases - thus making it a significant venue for staging an exhibition focusing on the Italian period of Gherardo delle Notti, a painter of absolute importance and international interest.
The catalogue of the artist's Italian production does not exceed the number forty. The exhibition will present almost all of these paintings and will document the raw and Northern initial phase, as well as the most famous and mature. The paintings made in Italy will be followed by a narrow sampling of paintings by Honthorst in Holland in the early years after his return from Italy, to document how his palette will gradually become lighter (among them, the famous Merry Fiddler from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam). A large section will document Gerard van Honthorst’s great influence on the developing trend of single-candle-lit nocturnal painting. The exhibition is completed with a section comparing some masters active on the Roman scene with van Honthorst, showing obvious parallels with his art, in a lively and fruitful exchange. The show is enriched by the presence of a painting by Caravaggio, executed in 1609 and soon acquired by the Grand Ducal Court, the “Tooth-Puller” from the Palatine Gallery at palazzo Pitti. This great painting was decisive for the development of the themes favoured by the Dutch painter, who quoted it in at least three paintings.
Piero Di Cosimo: eccentric "Florentine" painter between Renaissance and Mannerism. - From 06/22/15 to 09/27/15
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* Want to combine culture and fun? Skip the Lines at the Uffizi Gallery AND at the Hard Rock Cafe! We have been noticing how very popular the Hard Rock Cafe is for traveling families and the younger crowd - so we did something about what may seem an unusual venue for us. As of today, you can choose to book your fast access ticket for the Florence Uffizi Gallery, skipping the lines, and including a fantastic lunch (or dinner) at the Hard Rock Cafe of the city! With our ticket in hand you will be seated at the first available table.
* If you would like to admire the masterpieces of art at the Uffizi gallery and Michelangelo's David at the Accademia Gallery, you can book the combo package “Uffizi and Accademia Galleries in a Day”, now at discounted price! This new promotion allows you to visit the two most important museums in Florence saving 40% of the online booking fee.
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Extraordinary evening openings:
> Night at the Museum: January 25, 2014 (7pm-11pm)
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Uffizi Gallery Audio Guides Rental Service
Make the most of your visit to the Uffizi Gallery – book your Uffizi Gallery audio guide, after choosing the date, time, and number of tickets for your visit to the Uffizi Gallery! The Uffizi Gallery is one of the richest museums in the world, with some of the greatest artistic treasures of mankind on view. Make sure you don't miss important works of art, and supplement what you know with the audio guide's insightful commentary.
Audio guides are available in Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, and Japanese.
The audio guided visit has a complete duration of 1 hour and 25 minutes and includes a selection of the most important works of art in the Gallery. To learn more about the works of art on view, choose the desired room and listen to the explanation of selected works in that room.
You will receive a confirmation voucher (valid only for the audio guide) together with the confirmation voucher for your visit to the museum. In order to pick up the audio guide, please deposit this voucher at the Audio Guides Desk – close to the point for reading the electronic ticket – along with a valid identity document (passports, identity cards or driver's license – only originals are accepted).
In case of loss or failure to return the audio guide, visitors will be requested to pay the cost (€ 250.00 per each audio guide).
The Uffizi Palace was commissioned by Cosimo I de' Medici and designed by Vasari (16th Century). Many buildings were demolished to make space for building the new palace, with the most important being the church of San Piero Scheraggio.
The new palace, following the will of Cosimo I de' Medici, had to host the offices of thirteen administrative and judicial magistrates. During the construction of the building, Vasari died and his successors were Buontalenti and Alfonso Parigi. The first designed the Teatro Mediceo (Medici's Theater), as requested by Francesco I, son of Cosimo I, in 1586. This area became the seat of Italy's Senate when Florence was the capital of Italy in the 19th century.
The Uffizi Palace has a unusual U shape, which is closed towards the Arno. The two wings of the palace are connected by a corridor with six big arched windows, facing the Arno and the inner courtyard. Statues of famous citizens of Florence from the Middle Ages to the 19th Century fill several niches of the portico arcades which support the two floors of the building.
Nowadays the building hosts the Uffizi Gallery, one of the most visited museums in the world, collecting masterpieces from the 13th to the 18th Century.
In 1993 a bomb at the Accademia dei Georgofili (hosted in one of the bodies of the building) provoked major damages to some masterpieces of the Uffizi Gallery. Most of these works of art have been restored and are again accessible to the public.
The very beginning of the Uffizi Gallery was the collection of Francesco I de' Medici to which he dedicated the second floor of the building for his personal enjoyment. The collection became “public and inalienable good” thanks to Duchess Anna Maria Luisa de' Medici whose will it was that it would be open to the public forever.
Today, the Uffizi Gallery is one of the most important museums in the world, with new acquisitions and gifts coming from collectors, private donations, diplomatic exchanges, dynastic and church heritages, patronages, and arts and crafts corporations.
European Union citizens aged 18 to 25
European Union teachers
Children under 18 years old from any country
Children under 12 (must be accompanied by an adult)
Tourist guides and interpreters (accompanying a group), with official documentation
Students/scholars of all nationalities may apply for special research permits for a limited period.
Free admission the first Sunday of every month
Italian and European school groups accompanied by their teachers, with official authorization from the school and with an advance booking made directly with the museum.
Service fees (pre-sale and online booking fees), as well as fees for temporary exhibitions happening during your visit are due for ANY KIND OF TICKET as well as for free admission days.
When picking up a reduced or free ticket, you will be asked for a document proving your right to the price reduction. Entrance will be denied without it
The Dr. Vranjes store is located in Via della Spada 9/r, at the center of Florence's quadrangular shopping area, close to the most prestigious brands of fashion and a few steps from the luxurious Via Tornabuoni.
The store has become a window into the Dr. Vranjes universe, in which customers from all over the world recognize themselves.
Every client presenting a WEEKEND in ITALY voucher will be given
- a complimentary scented bookmark, regardless of purchase
- a free Dr. Vranjes Shea Lip-balm for a purchase minimum of € 30.00
- a free fragrance spray 25 ml for a purchase minimum of € 100.00
Via della Spada 9r - Firenze
Via San Gallo 63r - Firenze
Borgo la Croce 44r - Firenze
Via Fiori Chiari 24 - Milano
Since 1888, Dante Cardini is one of the landmark jewelers on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence. You will find brands such as CHIMENTO jewelry, Roberto Poggiali and BARAKA, with contemporary design, as well as the exclusive DANTE CARDINI creations for the more traditional taste.
Owners Massimo and Elisabetta will welcome you in the elegant but informal atmosphere of the store, and guide you in a unique and unforgettable experience for a visit to the terraces from which you will enjoy the beautiful view over the Arno River and the city of Florence.
Clients presenting a WEEKEND in ITALY voucher will be offered a 10% discount on their purchase.
Gioielleria Cardini - Ponte Vecchio 34/R - Florence
Founded in 1860, Fratelli Peruzzi Argentieri is one of the oldest companies in the silversmithing industry of Florence.
Gianna and her sister-in-law Laura are the fourth generation of a family of silversmiths to carry on the tradition that Giuseppe Peruzzi started over 150 years ago.
Dedicated to craftsmanship, we’ll take any request and fulfill the client’s wishes. In addition to being engaged in the research and trade of silver and gold, we proudly display the prestigious brand identification “FI 114,“ among the oldest in Florence.
The production of those items that created the renown of Fratelli Peruzzi over the course of all these years passionately continues in our workshop behind the boutique.
A dream that continues into reality.
FREE COLLECTIBLE GIFT!
Present your voucher and receive a complimentary Hard Rock Cafe gift.
Valid with Euro 25 purchase in the Cafe or Rock Shop. Valid till 30th of Dec. 2015. Not valid with other offers.
One per person per visit. Valid only at Florence location
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