The Tribune is one of the first museum collections in the world and was established by the Medici when the Uffizi was constructed in the 1500s. This octagonal room is a unique treasure of extraordinary ancient sculptures, portraits, and other artworks that were prized by the Medici. The ceiling and walls feature precious mother of pearl decorations, marbles, silks, and shells symbolizing the four elements.
Restoration of the Tribune began in 2009 and was completed in spring 2012. The unveiling of the restored Tribune occurred on June 25, 2012 during Friends of Florence’s Summer Program. In addition to a press conference, Board members, donors, Tribune restorers, and both Uffizi and city officials were among the hundreds present for the unveiling. See video highlights here.
Please click here to view a video about the restoration – in Italian – from our YouTube page.
Another video about the restoration, courtesy of Quotidiano.net and La Nazione, may be viewed here.