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Uffizi East Corridor


This corridor is situated in the oldest fraction of the Uffizi Gallery. It was built in 1589 on commission of Francesco I de Medici.
The ceiling was ornamented with grotesques by Antonio Tempesta and some members of his studio conducted by Alessandro Allori.
The area houses many ancient sculptures originally set in the Palazzo Pitti. For the most part, these Roman sculptures are replicas of remarkable Greek originals. The “Ercole Farnese” is a replica of the original one by Lysippus. The “Escolapio” is a replica of an original one of Phidias age and the sculptural group of “Dionisio e il Satiro” is a copy of the original work created in the studio of Praxiteles.
The corridor hosts as well a large collection of portraits of Illustrious Men from the Gioviana Collection and several portraits of the Medici dynasty, like the portraits of: Giovanni di Bicci, Cosimo Il Vecchio, Piero Il Gottoso, Lorenzo Il Magnifico, Pope Leone X, Pope Clemente VII, as well as Giovanni dalle Bande Nere and Cosimo I.


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