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I Mai Visti: Russian Icons on Exhibit


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Inaugurated on December 20, the 14th edition of “I mai visti” (or “Never Seen Before”) called “The Collection of Russian Icons at the Uffizi” will be open until February 1st, 2015 at the Reali Poste space at the Uffizi Gallery.

The collection includes about 70 works that belong to the Florentine museum since at least 1761, when they were already a part of the collections of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, then led by the Lorraines of Austria. These are at the heart of the oldest Russian icon collection that exists outside of the Orthodox world. Of various formats and iconographies, the icons were created in Russian workshops and in other important centers of Russia, between the end of the 16th century and the first decades of the 18th century.

Guided visits

Starting January 7th, the exhibit at the Reali Poste will also be offering free guided visits every Wednesday afternoon at 2:30pm and 3:45pm and every Thursday morning at 10:15am and 11:30am.

Childrens workshops

The exhibit is also organizing workshops for children (ages 5-10) on January 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, 2015, starting at 10:30am connected to the exhibit. Participation is free, but it does need to be booked ahead of time by emailing:

Give the gift of a restoration

Professional guides from the Associazione Mercurio are organizing the “Gift of Restoration” initiative in the form of guided visits before the 7th of January. Visits are offered Saturday and Sunday December 27th and 28th and January 4th and 6th 2015 every 20 minutes starting at 2pm and continuing until 4pm. On January 4th and 6th the guided visits at 3pm will be in English. We recommend you book your guided visit by emailing All proceeds collected during these guided visits will go Amici degli Uffizi to fund the restoration of a work of art from the Uffizi Gallery.

Free entrance
Open: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm
December 20, 2014 – February 1, 2015


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