Virtual tour among Raphael’s masterpieces

For three days starting from the anniversary date, April 6: discovering the Madonna della Seggiola and Madonna del Cardellino

Italy –  On the occasion of the sixteenth centenary of the death of Raffaello Sanzio, which occurred on April 6, 1520, the Uffizi Gallery launches a virtual tour in three stages, to discover his masterpieces now housed in the halls of the Florentine museum complex. In addition to participating with its own contribution to the social campaign of the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, from 6 April the Uffizi Galleries will publish on their Facebook page a triptych of videos (one per day, for three consecutive days) dedicated to the painter from Urbino and his works, kept in the Galleria delle Statue e delle Pitture and in Palazzo Pitti, in the Galleria Palatina.
It begins with the Gallery of Modern Art at Palazzo Pitti, where Cristian Spadoni, from the Department of Digital Strategies, will start from the painting “The Death of Raphael” made by Rodolfo Morgari in 1880, to tell – also through the words of Giorgio Vasari – the immense influence of the painter from the Marche region in the history of art.
The next day the virtual visitor will still be in Palazzo Pitti, this time in the Palatine Gallery, where, in the hall of Saturn, will be the director of the Galleries himself, Eike Schmidt, to tell what is perhaps the most legendary guest of this space, the Madonna della Seggiola, for centuries considered one of the main masterpieces of the entire Renaissance.
On April 8th the tour will move to the Uffizi, in the room specifically dedicated to Raphael and Michelangelo (where the Tondo Doni by Buonarroti is exhibited): among the works of Sanzio collected in this space Anna Bisceglia, curator of sixteenth-century painting, will explain in particular the famous Madonna del Cardellino.
Alongside the tour, there will also be daily insights into Raphael and his paintings, published on the Uffizigalleries profiles of Instagram and Twitter.

“At the Galleries we have two rooms dedicated to the masterpieces of the Urbinate – explains Schmidt – one is at the Uffizi, the other is the room of Saturn in the Palatine Gallery of Palazzo Pitti, where his works can also be found in other rooms. Practically speaking, here in Florence we have the privilege of preserving the highest concentration of Raphael’s paintings in the world. In order to make them known to everyone, on the five hundredth anniversary of the painter’s death – rightly called ‘divine’ by his contemporaries – we have organized a virtual trip to our museums: our wish is that it may not only be an opportunity for recreation, but also an opportunity to reflect on the glories and immense resources of our country”.


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