The idea behind this exhibition is to spread a knowledge of Italian and western art in an immense
country of ancient and noble traditions, in the conviction that nothing better than knowledge can
foster the growth of human relations between peoples of different cultures.
This is the intention behind the choice of the three main genres of painting: the landscape, the still life and the portrait. Each of these will enable the visitor to appreciate the figurative languages adopted by artists over five centuries of history. At the same time, the landscapes will allow visitors to discern the distinctive features of different places in Italy, while the still lifes will enable them to see the everyday objects and fruits that decked the tables of these same places. Finally, pausing to dwell on the portraits, they will be able to note the dress, hairstyles and attitudes inherent to Italian culture.
The paintings that have been selected to represent these aspects in the exhibition are part of the heritage of the Uffizi Gallery, the museum set up in 1581 by FrancescoIde Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany. On display in this museum are world-famous masterpieces by artists suchas Giotto and Caravaggio, Botticelli and Tiepolo, Michelangelo and Raphael; in addition, however, the museum also conserves numerous other fine works which, although less famous, are no less worthy of consideration.
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