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Johan Zoffany, Zoffani or Zauffelij (13 March 1733  11 November 1810) The Tribuna of the Uffizi Oil on canvas, 1772-78 123.5 cm × 155.0 cm (48.6 in × 61.0 in) Art Gallery and Museum, Burnley, United Kingdom
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Title: The Tribuna of the Uffizi
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Johan Zoffany, Zoffani or Zauffelij (13 March 1733 – 11 November 1810)
The Tribuna of the Uffizi
Oil on canvas, 1772-78
123.5 cm × 155.0 cm (48.6 in × 61.0 in)
Art Gallery and Museum, Burnley, United Kingdom


The Tribuna of the Uffizi (1772–8) by Johann Zoffany is a painting of the north-east section of the Tribuna room in the Uffizi in Florence, Italy. In the summer of 1772 Zoffany left London for Florence with a commission from Queen Charlotte to paint ‘the Florence Gallery’. (Neither she nor her husband George III ever visited Italy in person.) Still working on the painting late in 1777, he only finally returned to England in 1779. Johann Zoffany was a German born painter who had become a successful in London. One of his principal patrons was the Royal family. Queen Charlotte had sent Zoffany to Florence where he had agreed to paint the Tribuna of the Uffizi. The agreed price was high and he was paid £300 a year. Zoffany has varied the arrangement of the artworks and introduced others from elsewhere in the Medici collection. He gained special privileges, with the help of George, 3rd Earl Cowper (1738-80), and Sir Horace Mann, 1st Baronet (1706-86), such as having seven paintings, including Raphael’s Madonna della Sedia, temporarily brought in from the Pitti Palace so that he could paint them in situ in the Tribuna. In thanks Zoffany included a portrait of Cowper looking at his recent acquisition, Raphael's Niccolini-Cowper Madonna (Cowper hoped to sell it on to George III - it is now in the Washington National Gallery of Art), with Zoffany holding it (to the left of the Dancing Faun).

The unframed Samian Sibyl on the floor was acquired for the Medici collection in 1777 - it was a workshop copy of the pendant to Guercino’s Libyan Sibyl, recently bought by George III, and may be intended as a compliment to him.

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