Italian Selfies

Fillippino Lippi Uffizi
Fillippino Lippi (1457-1504)

Did you know that the Uffizi Gallery in Florence has one of the largest collections of portraits in the world?

Lining the walls of the Vasari Corridor, the hidden elevated  walkway that links Palazzo Vecchio to the Pitti Palace, are paintings by, among others, Tintoretto, Giordano, Rubens, Rembrandt, Corot, Larsson and Chagall. Uffizi curators hope to make the longest single passageway of portraits in the world and they are well on their way with over 1600 self-portraits currently in the collection. Just another reason for you to visit Florence in Italy, a country where you can find 60% of the world’s art treasures and 40% of those treasures in the city of Florence.

Renaissance artists share gallery space with contemporary painters from all over the world and include some of the most famous masters of painting from the 16th to the 20th century. Far from the “flash-blinded” self-portraits taken on cell phones these selfies in total would certainly have broken Ellen DeGeneres’ retweet record of her star-studded selfie group shot at the 2014 Oscars.