Out of storage and onto walls, the Uffizi spreads its brand

Out of storage and onto walls, the Uffizi spreads its brand

This tiny hamlet with a population of around 300, located 40 winding miles northeast of Florence, has never been on Italy’s must-see A-list. Its main claim to fame is that it was the birthplace of Renaissance painter Andrea del Castagno, who left as a child, most likely before he was old enough to doodle on the local walls. (If he did, there are no remnants of his scrawls.) But this summer, cultural tourism here sharply increased after the Uffizi Gallery lent the village a recently restored del Castagno fresco depicting poet Dante Alighieri. The loan coincides with national celebrations for the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death, as well as the 600th anniversary of the artist’s birth. The fresco’s arrival was one of the first actions in a program called “Uffizi Diffusi,” or “Scattered Uffizi,” an initiative concocted by the gallery’s director, Eike Schmidt. Uffizi Diffusi aims to build stronger ties between the famous Florentine museum and t
This tiny hamlet with a population of around 300, located 40 winding miles northeast of Florence, has never been on Italy’s must-see A-list. Its main claim to fame is that it was the birthplace of Renaissance painter Andrea del Castagno, who left as a child, most likely before he was old enough to doodle on the local walls. (If he did, there are no remnants of his scrawls.) But this summer, cultural tourism here sharply increased after the Uffizi Gallery lent the village a recently restored del Castagno fresco depicting poet Dante Alighieri. The loan coincides with national celebrations for the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death, as well as the 600th anniversary of the artist’s birth. The fresco’s arrival was one of the first actions in a program called “Uffizi Diffusi,” or “Scattered Uffizi,” an initiative concocted by the gallery’s director, Eike Schmidt. Uffizi Diffusi aims to build stronger ties between the famous Florentine museum and t