The next exhibitions at the Uffizi are centered around the Renaissance, which will be the main theme for the one dedicated to Pietro Aretino in the new Aula Magliabechiana, as well as the one focusing on the illustrated plans for historical wooden ceilings, to take place in the Sala Edoardo Detti and Sala del Camino.
The exhibition "Pietro Aretino and the Art of the Renaissance" will remain open until 1 March 2020 and gives visitors the opportunity to discover the world of Pietro Aretino, one of the greatest intellectuals of the 16th century, through paintings, sculptures, tapestries, and objects that evoke the life and atmosphere of the Florentine Renaissance that revolved around him. Known especially for his lustful sonnets, Aretino was the first art critic in history thanks to his friendship and regular contact with high caliber artists such as Titian, Raphael, and Parmigianino, who went on to portray him in now-famous paintings that can still be admired today in the exhibition.
“Heaven In A Room. Wooden Ceilings In Renaissance Florence And Rome” is an exhibition using original 16th-century drawings to illustrate the fine art of creating “the heavens”, the term given to wooden coffered ceilings that can still be admired in Renaissance churches and palaces. Though this is an art form that derives from the ancient Roman tradition of covering ceilings with decorative lacunars, few specimens have survived from that period. For this reason, the exhibition is made even more special by a rare example that was recently discovered in the Herculaneum excavations and will be publicly exhibited for the first time at the Uffizi.
Some of the very rooms in our hotel are decorated with original period coffered ceilings, and if you want to know more about how they were made, you will find the answer at the Uffizi exhibition!