At the Uffizi, the Nativity told in the language of art

Written by: Francesca Marotta
Category: Art
14 December 2020
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Reservations open today to access the Uffizi sotto l'albero and listen to the story of the birth of the Child Jesus through the images of two paintings.

Among the protagonists stands out the Adoration of the Magi by Leonardo, at the opening of the service, an oil painting on wood and tempera fat (246 × 243 cm), dated between 1481 and 1482, which places the Child who he makes a gesture of blessing, revealing his divine nature to those present as a bearer of Salvation.

«This initiative will allow children to learn to read art as if it were a wonderful fairy tale, illustrated by real paintings: the masterpieces of the museum» explains the director of the Uffizi, Eike Schmidt. «It will be not only an opportunity to link learning to fun, but also a unique opportunity to bring even those who are physically distant, to gather distant friends and relatives, combining affection and knowledge on the occasion of the most beloved holiday of the 'year».

To access the virtual tour, you must book, starting from today Monday 14 December, by writing an email to the Uffizi Galleries. The link will be provided with explanations to connect. The cost to activate a 'room' (in which a maximum of 10 children can access) is 40 euros. It will also be possible to call distant friends and relatives, or even use this space to bring together families who live in different regions or abroad: everyone will be able to listen and interact with the narrator. The meeting, lasting 30/40 minutes, will begin with the choice of two paintings to be used for the story, selecting them from a 'Christmas list' (at under the tree). Conversations may also be in Lis, the Italian sign language, and on request in other European languages.


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