The Uffizi Gallery will spread its famed art collection across TuscanyAndrea Smith

The Uffizi Gallery is one of Italy’s most famous galleries, and it has announced a project called Uffizi Diffusi that will see some of its precious artworks on view at art museums outside Florence.

The art will head to museums located in well-known artists’ hometowns in an attempt to give more context to the work and artist. Located adjacent to the Piazza della Signoria in Florence, Uffizi Gallery houses masterpieces by artists like Michelangelo, Botticelli, da Vinci, Correggio, Raffaello and Caravaggio as part of its Renaissance art collections.

Detail of a corridor at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence
The Uffizi Diffusi project will see some artworks on view at art museums outside Florence © trabantos/Shutterstock

It now plans to place artworks that are currently in storage in at least 60 exhibition spaces across Tuscany, with the pieces having a local connection to the museum or area where they’re on display. The full details of the project have not yet been released, but Uffizi Gallery director, Eike Schmidt, said at a press conference that they aim to launch in about three months. The project will showcase the artworks in their local context, and will turn the spotlight on various parts of the cultural history of Tuscany.

Schmidt noted that art cannot only live in large exhibition centres, and this will bring art closer to people’s homes throughout Tuscany. 

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