uffizi room 10 14 del botticelli

Without a doubt one of the fullest rooms in the museum, derived from the ancient Medicean theatre like the previous ones. It hosts the great masterpieces of the early decades of the Florentine fifteenth century, by Sandro Botticelli

Some 15 works by the artist are on display, including his great and famous Birth of Venus and La Primavera, the first large-sized paintings of secular subjects from the Renaissance.

More secular subjects are on display, such as the Calumny of Apelles, a fairly complex theme portraying King Midas misguided by Suspicion and Ignorance, and Pallas and the Centaur.

The paintings of sacred subjects include Saint Augustine in his study, Madonna of the Rose Garden, Madonna of the Magnificat and the two biblical episodes of The Return of Judith to Bethulia and the Discovery of the Body of Holofernes.

Another part of the room is taken up by the Portinari Triptych, a Flemish work which had a powerful influence on Florentine artists, including Botticelli and Domenico Ghirlandaio, some of whose paintings of Madonna and Child with Saints are showcased in the gallery.

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