New rooms open at the Uffizi

Posted on: February 22nd, 2012

The Uffizi gallery in Florence has been working for a number of years to open new rooms to display French, Dutch, Flemish and Spanish paintings. The Nuovi Uffizi project was initially due for completion in 2006 but was subsequently delayed to 2009. Now after a delay of five years eight rooms have been opened. The rooms are on the first floor, which until recently held temporary exhibitions. The opening of these rooms has allowed paintings kept in store to finally to displayed. Works by artists including Rubens, Rembrandt, Chardin and Velázquez will now be accessible to the public. Despite the good news of the opening, the Nuovi Uffizi remains uncompleted, it is thought that a further €30m is still needed to finish it and the new deadline has been extended to 2014.