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1.2.04

Forgotten Paintings at the Uffizi?

A short item (Tableaux "oubliés" aux Offices [Forgotten paintings in the Uffizi], January 26) from France Télévisions Infos tipped me off to a special exhibit at the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence. I mai visti: Inventario di affetti, sponsored by the Amici degli Uffizi (Friends of the Uffizi), is a show of 25 paintings normally held in the museum's storage spaces and rarely shown; it will be on display until February 28 in the Sala delle Reali Poste, a separate space on the museum's ground floor that was once a royal post office. It is, I understand, the third such exhibit of "never before seen" paintings at the Uffizi (here is an article on last year's exhibit). Information so far is pretty scarce, but here is a partial list of the works that are on display:

• Titian, Portrait of Sixtus IV (recently restored and attributed to Titian)
• Canaletto, View of the Doge's Palace, Venice
• Lorenzo Larciani, Allegory of Fortune
• Beccafumi (Domenico di Giovanni di Pace), Holy Family with St. John
• Giovanni Paolo Pannini, Pool of Betsaida
• Gherardo delle Notti, Adoration of the Shepherds (damaged in 1993 bombing)
• Federico Barocci, Madonna della Gatta
• Giorgio Morandi, Self-Portrait (1921)
• Henry Moore, Reclining Figure (drawing)
• Giacomo Balla, Portraits of Luce and Elica, his daughters
• Michelangelo Pistoletto, Self-portrait with collector
• Mimmo Paladino, Saladino Paladino (Self-Portrait)
• Igor Mitoraj, Double Self-Portrait

Understandably, given the nature of the show, images of these works are difficult to locate. One Italian blogger who saw the show (Alias Libera/Mente on January 6) remarked, "Molto interessante e soprattutto...con pochissima gente. Da vedere" (Very interesting and, above all, with very few people. Worth seeing).

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