296 Route 52. FLORENCE. Gal. degli Uffizi.
Drawings, Passage to the Pitti Palace.
A stair descends to the 1st Saloon, containing painted vases, most
of them found in Tuscany, a few from S. Italy. In the centre is the cele¬
brated "Francois (or Peleus) Vase, so called from a Frenchman of that
name who discovered it in a tomb near Chiusi in 1845, and unrivalled in
size and richness of decoration (marriage of Peleus, Calydonian hunt, Return
of Theseus from Crete, Battle of the centaurs, etc.), and bearing ancient
Greek inscriptions attached to the different representations , beneath which
are the names of the artists Clitias and Ergotimos. The vases exhibited in
the cabinets by the walls are less important. — 2nd Saloon: Vases des¬
tined for religious and domestic purposes, of many different forms, black
and without representations ; also a few terracottas. — A stair descends hence
to a long Corridor which leads over the Ponte Vecchio to the Palazzo
Pitti, a walk of nearly 10 min. Here a number of Etruscan cinerary urns,
with representations in relief and inscriptions, are preserved. Also an ad¬
mirable collection of "Drawings, founded by Cardinal Leopold de Medici,
and afterwards considerably extended, so that it now comprises about 28,000.
All those which are exposed to view are furnished with the names of the
masters. Very interesting those of (1.) Diirer and Rubens, (r.) Fra Barto¬
lommeo, "Raphael, Michael Angelo and del Sarto. — Then a number of por¬
traits of the Medici in tapestry.
Tivo Saloons of the Painters.
The walls are covered with portraits of the most celebrated painters of
all nations from the 15th cent, to the present time, painted by themselves
and furnished with the names. The 1st Saloon contains the old masters;
on the r. wall and half of the 1. are those of Central Italy, on the other
walls those of N. Italy, on the side by which the room is entered those of
foreign countries. The most celebrated names here are "Leonardo da Vinci,
Raphael, Michael Angelo, Pietro Perugino, Andrea del Sarto, Masaccio (or
Filippino Lippi ?), Giulio Romano; Venetian School, Titian, Paolo Veronese,
Tintoretto, Palma Vecchio; Bolognese School, the two Caracci, Guercino,
Guido Reni. Also "Albert Diirer, Lucas van Leyden, Holbein, Rubens, Van
Dyck, Rembrandt, Gerard Dow. In the centre a large 'Marble Vase of Greek
workmanship, known as 'The Medicean Vase', with sculpturing represent¬
ing the Sacrifice of Iphigenia. In a niche opp. the entrance the statue of
Card. Leopold de' Medici, the founder of this collection of portraits. In
the 2nd Saloon modern masters: Angelica Kauffmann, Mad. le Bran,
Raphael Mengs, Reynolds, Ocerbeck, Canova, Winterhalter, Ingres.
Cabinet of Inscriptions.
The walls are covered with a number of ancient Greek and Latin in¬
scriptions , most of them from Rome , arranged in 12 classes according to
their subjects (the gods and their priests, the consuls, dramas, military
events, private affairs, etc.). There are also some fine Statues: "268. Bac¬
chus and Ampelus; "263. Mercury; "266. Venus Urania; "265. Venus Gene-
trix; 264. Priestess (head new). L. of the door of the next room an inter¬
esting relief representing the Elements. Also a number of cinerary urns
and busts with (sometimes fictitious) inscriptions.
Cabinet of the Hermaphrodite.
"306. Hermaphrodite reclining on a panther's skin. On either side of
the door, 307. and 324. torsos of Bacchus, one of basalt, the other of Parian
marble; 30S. Ganymede with the eagle; 311. Pan and hermaphrodite, both
restored by Benvenuto Cellini; 310. The infant Hercules strangling two
snakes; 315. Torso of a Faun; "31S. Head of the dying Alexander; 323.
Cupid and Psyche.
A door in this cabinet leads to the (generally closed)
Cabinet of the Cameo s.
The cases 1st—4th contain the antique cameos, 5th—6th the modern;
7th—10th the ancient cut stones, 11th and 12th the modern. In the 1st case,