Piazzale degli Uffizi, 6, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
he eight rooms on the first floor of the eastern wing of the Uffizi opened with a new layout devoted to Caravaggio and the painting of the 17th century on February 19, 2018. The names of the eight rooms are evocative: Between Reality and Magic; Caravaggio and Artemisia; Caravaggio: Medusa; Caravaggio: Bacchus; By Candlelight; Rembrandt and Rubens; Galileo and the Medici; and Florentine Epic. The lion's share obviously goes to Caravaggio, the unquestioned pivot of painting in a century characterised by strong passions, symbolism and often extreme innovation. The age’s passionateness determined the colour choice of red for the panels in the rooms along the corridor (in order to avoid intervening directly on Vasari's original colour scheme) and for the walls of the inner rooms (from 96 to 99). Not a flaming, over-the-top red but a red that is often found in the fabrics and decor depicted in the paintings of those years, developed on the basis of a textile sample of the period and manufactured with natural pigments already in use in the 17th century: a real yet almost “filtered” red, as one might say.
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