Gal. degli Uffizi. FLORENCE. 52. Route. 297
1. of the entrance, a cameo, with the "Sacrifice of Antoninus Pius, is remark¬
able for its size : Cupid riding on a lion, with the name of the artist (Pro-
tarchos). Among the modern cameos in the 12th case, in the middle opp.
the door, is one with a portrait of Savonarola. Also a number of works
in Niello (engraving on silver), e. g. Coronation of the Virgin by Maso
Finiguerra; also in ivory. By the wall opp. the window : Cast of Dante's
features taken after death, 1321, presented in 1865 by Marchese Torriani.
Saloon of Baroccio.
By the walls and in the centre four tables of Florentine mosaic. That
in the centre, executed 1613—18 by Jacopo Antelli, from Ligozzd's design,
alone cost 40,000 ducats (nearly 20,000 I.). The following pictures are the
most interesting: r. 154. Bronzino, Portrait; 157. Honthorst, Infant Jesus
adored by angels; 158. Bronzino, Descent from the Cross; "162. Guido Reni,
Sibyl; 163. Sustermans, Galileo; "169. Baroccio, The Virgin interceding
with the Saviour (Madonna del Popolo); 171. A. Caracci, Industrious ape;
"180. Rubens, Helena Forman, his second wife; 186. Carlo Dolci, Magdalene;
"190. Honthorst, Adoration of the Shepherds; "191. Sassoferrato, Madonna
dei Dolori; 195. Caravaggio, The tribute-money; 196- Van Dyck, Margaret
of Lorraine; 197. Rubens, Elisabeth Brand, his first wife; 203. Guido Reni,
Bradamante and Fiordaspina (from Ariosto's Orlando Furioso); 208. Baroc¬
cio, St. Francis receiving the stigmata; 210. Velasquez, Philip IV. of Spain
on horseback ; "216. Rubens, Bacchanalian; 220. Snyders, Boar-hunt.
: Saloon of Niobe,
constructed 1779, and so named from the far-famed ancient group of the
"Children of Niobe, seven sons and seven daughters (slain by Apollo and
Diana), whose position indicates that they once adorned the pediment of a
temple (probably of Apollo), the unfortunate mother occupying the centre
of the group, with her slain and expiring children on either side. These
statues, which appear to have been copied from a work by Scopas or Praxi¬
teles, were found at Rome in 1583 and placed by Cardinal Ferdinand de'
Medici in his villa on the Monte Pincio (now the property of the French
Academy), whence they were subsequently transferred to Florence. Various
opinions prevail with regard to the proper arrangement of the group. Among
the paintings are: r. 139. Sustermans, the Florentine Senate swearing alle¬
giance to the young Grandduke Ferdinand II.; 140. Rubens, Henri IV. at
the battle of Ivry; 144. Van Dyck, Rubens' Mother (?); 147. Rubens, Entry
of Henri IV.' into Paris; 148. Honthorst, Supper; 152. Honthorst, Fortune¬
Two Cabine'ls of Ancient Bronzes.
In the 1st Cabinet, in the centre, under glass, ancient armour in
bronze and vessels, found in 1863 near Orvieto; by the walls bronze heads,
found in the sea near Leghorn, among them, on the r. wall, Sophocles and
Homer; "423. Over life-size statue ('Orator'), with Etruscan inscription,
found near the Trasimene Lake; 425. Minerva, found near Arezzo; 427.
Chimera (as described by Homer in the 6th Bk. of the Iliad: a lion and
goat, with tail of a serpent), found at Arezzo, in front of it a tripod; co¬
lossal horse's head; two inscriptions on bronze tablets. The 2nd Cabinet
contains in the centre a "Bronze Statuette of a youth ('L' Idolino'J, found
at Pesaro, with handsome pedestal (15th cent.). The cases by the walls con¬
tain a number of small bronzes, some of them statuettes, others articles of
domestic use, candelabra, lamps, metal mirrors, helmets, spurs, horse-bits,
etc.; also Christian anticaglias (diptychon of the consul Basilius).
(closed), bequeathed by the proprietor of that name to the city in 1850, and
transferred hither from the Palazzo Feroni (PI. 66) a few years ago. It con¬
tains few objects of great merit, and is not yet finally arranged. On the
wall r. of the entrance : D. Teniers, Interior of a butcher's shop and tavern ;
Carlo Dolci (?), Madonna; on the 1., Schidone, Madonna and Child.
In the following rooms (likewise closed) a collection of Etruscan anti¬
quities is about to be arranged.