The Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence is one of the oldest and most famous art museums in the world. In addition to Renaissance masterpieces including works from Botticelli, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, the Uffizi houses one of the world’s most important collections of ancient Roman and Greek statues. The Medicis’ interest in ancient art started with the founder of the family Cosimo I de’ Medici (1519-1574) and grew over nearly four decades. The antiquities were stored and displayed in several rooms in Palazzo Vecchio and Palazzo Pitti where they could be admired by the visitors to the court. The antiquities were later transferred to the Uffizi.
Most of the ancient statues and busts are displayed on the u-shaped second floor of the museum. The wide corridors are filled with numerous portraits of the members of the different imperial dynasties including those of the Nerva-Antonine dynasty.
Nerva (ruled 96 – 98 A.D.)
Trajan (ruled 98 – 117 A.D.)
Ulpia Marciana, beloved elder sister of Trajan
Salonina Matidia, niece of Trajan and mother-in-law of Hadrian
Hadrian (ruled 117 – 138 A.D.)
Antinous, favorite of Hadrian
Lucius Aelius Caesar, intended successor of Hadrian
Antoninus Pius (ruled 138 – 161 A.D.)
Empress Faustina the Elder, wife of Antoninus Pius
Marcus Aurelius (ruled 161 – 180 A.D.)
Empress Faustina the Younger, wife of Marcus Aurelius
Lucius Verus (ruled 161 – 169 A.D.)
Empress Crispina, wife of Commodus
In addition to the members of the Nerva-Antonine dynasty, the Uffizi houses a number of portraits of unknown citizens from the same era. Some of these portraits were incorrectly attributed to members of the Nerva-Antonine dynasty during the Renaissance but the original inscriptions have remained.
Private portraiture of unknown citizen from the Nerva-Antonine era
Carole Raddato's favourite hobby is travelling and for the last 8 years she has taken a huge interest in the history of the ancient world. She has dedicated all her free time to this passion. She loves to share with other history fans all the incredible facts and stories that she discovers throughout her journeys. She is neither a professional photographer nor an ancient history scholar, but she hopes that everybody can enjoy her photos. She is particularly interested in everything related to the emperor Hadrian whom she finds fascinating. He was himself an incessant traveller, visiting every province in the Empire during his reign. When Carole is looking for new ideas for her travels, she usually takes inspiration from his journeys and it is a great motivation for her to follow him in his footsteps.