The Vasari corridor in Florence was closed for renovation for two years

Коридор Вазари во Флоренции закрыли на реконструкцию на два года

The famous Vasari Corridor is a covered gallery, connecting the two ancient Florentine Palace, Palazzo Vecchio and the Palazzo Pitti, for two years closed to tourists in order to conduct extensive renovation, officially notified the Director of the Uffizi Gallery, a German art historian Eike Schmidt, who headed the most visited Museum of Italy in 2015.

The Vasari corridor, part of which passes above the world famous bridge through the river Arno — the Ponte Vecchio, was built over five months in 1565 by order of Duke of Tuscany Cosimo I. the Architect of a unique structure was Giorgio Vasari, in whose honor the gallery got its historical name. The Vasari Corridor, which is managed by the Uffizi, currently displaying about 700 paintings by masters of the XVI and XVII centuries, as well as a unique collection of-portraits of great artists in Italy and around the world.

“In fact, this moment had to come sooner because a formal decision on the establishment of emergency exits, which is the reason for the temporary closure of the Vasari Corridor, was taken by the authorities in 1991,” said Schmidt, as quoted by the newspaper Corriere della Sera.

The Director of the Uffizi explained that in the near future, the scientific staff will develop a detailed plan of the new exhibition of the Vasari Corridor, where, apparently, more do not exhibit ancient paintings. Presumably, their place in the renovated gallery is a sculptural images, and other artifacts from the rich vaults of the Museum.

With regard to works of art, and from now on they will be partially on display in the Uffizi Gallery, and falls partially within the store and will be sent to exhibitions in Italy and abroad. According to Schmidt, approximately 300 self-portraits from Vasari Corridor will be a new exhibit scheduled to open November 6, 2017, when will mark 400 years since the birth of a major patron of cardinal Leopoldo de Medici, who began the collection. The corridor should be opened for tourists in 2018.

The Vasari corridor has long been completely closed to public visitors. Then fine art connoisseurs still got the group exploring the site with a guide, subject to prior appointment. However, according to the Directorate of the Museum, there are exhibited works seen only about 1% of visitors to the Uffizi Gallery, which had to pay for the tour up to 75 euros. Schmidt promises that soon many of these masterpieces will be included in the main exposition of the Museum, while those of Vasari Corridor after the reconstruction will cost more than 10 euros.