Eike Schmidt, of Florence's Uffizi Gallery, is calling for a return of religious artwork to places of worship.
One of the most popular art museums in the world, Florence’s Uffizi Gallery, displays some of the world’s most stunningly beautiful religious art.
Now the director of the Uffizi, Eike Schmidt, is calling for a return of religious artwork to places of worship.
Schmidt, who has led the museum since 2015, told the Art Newspaper that “devotional art was not born as a work of art but for a religious purpose, usually in a religious setting.” To view religious art in the context for which it was made, believes Schmidt, is appropriate historically and can connect the view with its spiritual significance.
One example from the Uffizi’s own collection is the “Rucellai Madonna,” painted by the Sienese artist Duccio di Buoninsegna in the Middle Ages. In 1948, the painting was removed from the church of Santa Maria Novella and hung in the Uffizi Gallery. The Virgin and Child painting is the largest known painting on wood from the 13th century.