The Serie Gioviana at the Uffizi: a Renaissance social network…

 

If you say Uffizi Gallery, your mind goes to the Venus by Botticelli, the Maestà by Giotto or the Tondo Doni by Michelangelo. Maybe, you don’t even notice the series of small portraits on display in the three corridors of the museum. This is the socalled Serie Gioviana, a collection of portraits of illustrious men and women ever since: popes, kings, emperors and sultans, cardinals and noblemen, saints and ecclesiastics, scientists and literary men, artists and leaders of mercenaries.

There is Pope Alexander VI, Saladin, Leon Battista Alberti, Vittoria Colonna, the Medici’s, Anne Boleyn, the Conqueror Tamerlane of Samarkand, and many more. (more…)