The Russian icon represents one of the biggest world wide art manifestations of its kind, exhibited for the first time in an brand new setting in the four rooms of the Pitti Palace which are decorated with seventeenth-century frescoes. The collection from the Uffizi Galleries consists of 78 Russian icons collected by the Medici and the Lorena families during the 18th and 19th centuries. Each one emanates its own spiritual value as well as a wonderful clarity and expressive force. The Russian Icon is fascinating through its original colour and compositional choices and for its images deeply inspired by the religion. An occasion which also brings the beautiful Palatine Chapel back to its splendor, entirely restored and open all week to the public, together with the wonderful settings inhabited in the past by the Grand Dukes of Florence.
“A common thread has always united Russia and Italy, and particularly Florence, throughout history - explains the director of the Uffizi Gallery Eike Schmidt - For example, the Demidoff family commissioned the construction of their magnificent villa on the ruins of the Medicean residence in Pratolino. And an inscription on a building in Piazza Pitti, in front of the palace of the grand duke reminds us that here, in January 1869, Fedor Dostoevsky completed his masterpiece ‘The idiot’. A fascinating exhibition that represents this bond very well, available to be admired in all its splendor and in its entirety for visitors from all over the world.
Tuesday - Sunday | 8.15 am - 6.50 pm
Saturdays and holidays advance booking required
Piazza de' Pitti, 1 | 50125 Firenze