The ancient and prestigious collection collates more than 177,000 prints and drawings, boasting the most extensive collection of graphic works by Tuscan artists of the Italian Renaissance and the seventeenth century.
Located on the first floor of the Gallery of the Statues and Paintings of the Uffizi, the Department of Prints and Drawings occupies one of the stately spaces which housed the Theater built in the second half of sixteenth century by Bernardo Buontalenti under the Medici family’s rule. Between 1952 and 1960 a series of important maintenance works to systematically restore the interior was entrusted to Florentine architect Edoardo Detti (1913-1984), a leading advocate of the Italian Rationalism movement who worked according to the most avant-garde museographic criteria. More recently a new Study Room with over 30 equipped workstations has been installed, designed to offer the many Italian and foreign students who visit the Galleries an atmosphere which is more conducive to research. The Institute houses one of the most important collections of images in the world. Composed of over 177,000 drawings and prints, the collection was started around the mid-seventeenth century by Cardinal Leopoldo de’ Medici and continues to grow thanks to direct acquisitions and donations. Its huge paper archive dates from the end of the fourteenth century to present day, with a predominance of works from the Italian Renaissance and Tuscan seventeenth century Tuscany. As well as offering academics and researchers access to a photograph gallery and a specialist library, the GDS (the internationally recognized acronym standing for Gabinetto dei Disegni e delle Stampe, the Italian name of the Department) also curates periodic exhibitions and restores its own assets in a highly specialized laboratory.
Closed from 15th February 2021 until further notice in compliance with the Government's Decrees concerning anti-Covid measures.
Thursday (9am - 1pm)
Friday (9am - 1pm)
The opening complies with anti-Covid19 measures integrating the ordinary Regulations of the Study Room.
Admission is allowed by appointment only. To book an appointment, please write to email@example.com indicating: name, surname, address, day, purpose of the consultation, list of the works to see with relevant inventory numbers.
RULES FOR ADMISSION AND CONSULTATION
Admission is allowed only via the Reception located under the external colonnade of the Uffizi next to the Vasari Auditorium, where the Uffizi staff is charged with taking the visitors' body temperature (which needs to be < 37.5 °C or 99.5°F)
Admission inside the Study Room is allowed only to 3 persons at one time.
The use of protective gloves and face masks is mandatory.
Visitors shall sign the policy form concerning the aknowledgment of the ongoing anti-Covid19 measures.
The requested works are handed in by the Dept. of Prints’ and Drawings’ Staff. After consultation, they will be locked down for at least 7 days and will not therefore be available immediately after the last consultation.
Addictional anti-epidemic measures apply within the Uffizi Galleries, that is, mandatory interpersonal distance of at least 1,80m; mandatory use of face masks; no gatherings; no admission in case of a fever above 37.5°C (or 99.5°F). The Uffizi Galleries’ staff may thus take visitors’ temperature or asks them to self-certify their health condition. Frequent handwashing is recommended.
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