The History of Uffizi Gallery
The Uffizi gallery was built in 1581, under the request of Granduca Francisco de’ Medici, son of Cosimo I. The original design was that of Giorgio Vasari, one of the leading painters and architects during the 15th century. His plan for this museum was quite a strategically planned building as it was constructed adjacent to the Medici Palace and extended until the Arno river, over the Ponte Vecchio bridge. The space was originally intended for offices and to host bureaucratic meetings for various magistrates as apposed to holding masterpieces as it is today. It was built rapidly despite minor difficulties and major social events taking place in the area (ie: the marriage of Francisco and the Giovanna of Austria).
In 1584, the magnificent Octagonal Platform (or ‘Tribuna
Ottagonale’) was built by Vasari’s successor Buontalenti. This special
cosmological structure consists of a weathercock which connects to an inside
pointer alluding to the Air element. The sky vault and red upholstery allude to
the Water and Fire elements respectively. There is an extraordinary octagonal
table preserved since since 1589 which sits in the middle of the room.
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