Day 7 (Wed, May 9): High Renaissance Art, Uffizi Prep, Florence and the Medici, Flood of '66

This was mostly a lecture day. At 9:00 we had a double lecture by Rocky Ruggiero. He covered the High Renaissance Art and then conducted a prep for tomorrow's visit to the Uffizi. It is evident from the floor plan chart below that the Uffizi -- number 2 on the map above, just above the Arno and east of the Ponte Vecchio -- contains an enormous amount of Renaissance art. We were told about the "Stendahl syndrome" and what to do about it: go to the rooftop bar and have a drink or coffee or just enjoy the fresh air. It turned out, about half way through our tour, to be very good advice.

Complete Catalogue: For a painting-by-painting catalog, go here, select a room, then a painting, then click "image".

Room 1 - Archaeological room
Room 2 - Giotto and 13th Century
Room 3 - Sienese painting 14th Century
Room 4 - Florentine painting 14th Century
Room 5/6 - International Gothic
Room 7 - Early Renaissance
Room 8 - Filippo Lippi
Room 9 - Antonio del Pollaiolo
Room 10/14 - Botticelli
Room 15 - Leonardo
Room 16 - Geographic Maps room
Room 17 - Ermafrodito
Room 18 - The Tribune
Room 19 - Perugino and Signorelli
Room 20 - Dürer and German Artists
Room 21 - Giambellino and Giorgione
Room 22 - Flemish and German Painting
Room 23 - Correggio
Room 24 - Miniatures room
Room 25 - Michelangelo and Florentine Artists
Room 26 - Raffaello and Andrea del Sarto
Room 27 - Pontormo and Rosso Fiorentino
Room 28 - Tiziano and Sebastiano del Piombo
Room 29 - Parmigianino and Dosso Dossi
Room 30 - Emilian Painting
Room 31 - Veronese
Room 32 - Tintoretto
Room 33 - 16th Century Painting
Room 34 - Lombard School
Room 35 - Barocci
Room 38 - Buontalenti Vestibule
Room 41 - Rubens
Room 42 - Niobe
Room 43 - Caravaggio
Room 44 - Rembrandt
Room 45 - XVIII Century
A - Long Staircase
B - Entrance Hall
C - Third Corridor
D - Second (Arno) Corridor
E - First Corridor
F - Hall of Buonatalenti (Exit Staircase)
G - Terrace of the "loggia dei Lanzi"
H - Palazzo Vecchio

Uffizi from Arno

from David

Long Staircase to Gallery

The Medici: History of Florence

At 3:00 Jane Zaloga began a double lecture on the History of Florence and the Medici. Jane Zaloga is a PhD student in the History and Theory of Architecture at Harvard University. The focus of her work is Italian Renaissance Architecture. She holds a Master of Arts in Italian Renaissance Art History from Syracuse university, and Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame. Among her awards are: Fulbright Fellowship (1999-2000); Sinclair Kennedy Traveling Fellowship and Teaching Fellowships (Harvard University); Florence Fellowship (Syracuse University); Tau Sigma Delta (National Architecture Honor Society); Frank J. Montana Scholarship for Architectural Studies in Rome (University of Notre Dame); Beta Gamma Sigma (National Business Honor Society); Raymond P. Kent Award for Outstanding Achievement in Finance (University of Notre Dame); National Merit Award Scholarship; Notre Dame Scholar. Ms. Zaloga teaches during the academic year for Santa Reparata, and for Kent State University and Syracuse University in Florence.

No, that's not Jane. It's the picture she displays at the Contact Florence site.


The Rise of the City-State: Florence Before the Medici
    The Guild Republic
    Giovannia di Bicci de'Medici (1360-1429)

The Medici Ascendant
    Cosimo il Vecchio (1389-1464)
    Piero il Gottoso (1416-1469)

The Golden Age
    Lorenzo il Magnifico (1449-1492)

Expulsion of the Medici
    Piero il Fatuo (1472-1503)
    Savonarola, re-establishment of the Republic

Key Events:
1250 Guelph victory - foundation of the Primo Popolo
1293 Ordinances of Justic - Giano della Bella
1294 Site of new civic palace (Palazzo Signoria) chosen
1296 Cathedral of San Maria del Fiore begun
1342 Walter of Brienne - Duke of Athens - temporary tyrant
1348 Black Death
1378 Ciompi Revolt - short-lived enfranchisement of the working classes
1433 Cosimo il Venchio de'Medici sent into exile
1434 Cosimo returns - beginning of Medici power in Florence
1436 Consecration of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
1478 Pazzi Conspiracy - attempt on life of Lorenzo
1492 Death of Lorenzo
1494 Medici run out of Florence
1498 Death of Fra Savonarola

"Granducal Period"

Interregnun and the Medici Rome
    Giovanni (Pope Leo X) (1475-1521)
    Lorenzo, Duke of Urbino (1492-1519)
    Giulio (Pope Clement VII) (1478-1534)

Dukes of Florence
    Alessandro (1511-1537)
    Cosimo I (1519-1574)

Grandukes of Tuscany
    Cosimo I (cont.)
    Francesco I
    Ferdinand I
    Cosimo II
    Ferdinand II
    Cosimo III

The last Medici
    Grand Prince Ferdinand
    Gian Gastone
    Anna Maria Louisa (1667-1743)

Key Events:
1512 Medici return to power
1513 The Prince by Machiavelli
1527 Sack of Rome - Last Republic
1529 Siege of Florence
1530 Medici return - Alessandro de'Medici name Duke of Florence
1537 Alessandro assassinated
1555 Capture of Siena
1569 Cosimo I de'Medici named Grand Duke of Tuscany
1616 Galileo appears before the Inquisition
1731 Death of Gian Gastone, last of the Medici
    Granduchy of Florence passes to the Lorena, a branch of the Hapsburg Dynasty

Statue of Savonarola by Enrico Pazzi, 1872, in Piazza Savonarola. The painting of his well-deserved execution on 23 May 1498, on the very spot where he executed others and held his "bonfire of the vanities", is Anonymous, 1498

Wine Tasting -- At 5:50 most of us left the lobby of the Hotel Reale for a 6:00 wine-tasting at the Wine Cafe' Di Sichi Massimilian, at Viale IV Novembre, 15/A. We had three wines - a white, a chianti and a blend of 5 reds. These were served with nice brushcetta-style tidbits to much on. Karen and I shared a table with Joyce and Dick.

When we returned to our Hotel dining room we found it jammed with tourists aus Duetschland, at least two busloads of them. Our calm was shattered. The staff handled everything masterfully. Another excellent dinner.

After dinner Sabrina gave us good, if painful, lecture on the flooding of Florence in 1966.