Tribuna of the Uffizi (painting)

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The Tribuna of the Uffizi
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - Google Art Project.jpg
ArtistJohann Zoffany
Year1772–78
MediumOil painting
Dimensions123.5 cm × 155.0 cm (48.6 in × 61.0 in)
LocationRoyal Collection, Windsor Castle

The Tribuna of the Uffizi (1772–1778) by Johan Zoffany is a painting of the north-east section of the Tribuna room in the Uffizi in Florence, Italy. The painting is part of the United Kingdom's Royal Collection.

Production[edit]

Beginning in 1764, the German-born painter Johan Zoffany received numerous commissions from the Hannoverian King George III and his consort, Queen Charlotte. The queen ordered Zoffany to paint “the Florence Gallery” (the Galleria degli Uffizi), for the artist would be paid £300.[1] In the summer of 1772, Zoffany left London for Florence, where he met Felton Hervey, an art collector and friend of the king and queen, who figures prominently in the painting.[2] Zoffany worked on the painting through late 1777 and returned to England in 1779.[1] By this time Hervey had died.[2]

The painting depicts the Tribuna of the Uffizi, an octagonal gallery designed by Bernardo Buontalenti in 1584. The most important ancient and Renaissance works were displayed in this gallery in the 18th century, making it an essential highlight of the Grand Tour.

Artworks shown[edit]

Zoffany’s picture is not a historical record of the works displayed in the tribuna in the 1770s. Rather, it is an epitome of the works in the Medici collections he felt to be most important. To accomplish that goal, several works from other rooms in the Uffizi and seven paintings from the Galleria Palatina in the Palazzo Pitti were transferred to the Tribuna. To accomplish this, Zoffany depended the assistance of George, 3rd Earl Cowper, whomhad emigrated to Florence and Sir Horace Mann, who served as British diplomatic representative in Florence to the Grand Dukes of Tuscany. Two pictures by Raphael which Earl Cowper owned and hoped to sell to George III, and the Earl are depicted in Zoffany’s painting. The unframed Samian Sibyl on the floor, acquired for the Medici collection in 1777, was a pendant to Guercino's Libyan Sibyl, recently bought by George III, and its inclusion may have been intended as a compliment to him.

Venus with a Satyr and Cupids by Annibale CarracciRaphael, Madonna della Sedia (Madonna of the Chair), c.1514Guido Reni, Charity, 1607Raphael, St John the BaptistReni, MadonnaMadonna della seggiolaCorreggio, Madonna and ChildJustus Sustermans, GalileoRaphael, Madonna of the GoldfinchFranciabigio - Madonna of the WellGuido Reni, Cleopatra, 1635–40Holy Family, then attributed to PeruginoRubens, Justus Lipsius with his Pupils, c.1615Portrait of Leo X with two Cardinals by RaphaelTribute Money? by Carravagio?Rubens, Justus Lipsius with his Pupils, c.1615Raphael, Pope Leo X with Cardinals Giulio de’ Medici and Luigi de’ Rossi, 1518Niccolini-Cowper Madonna by RaphaelLarge central paintingHolbein, Sir Richard Southwell, 1536Cristofano Allori, Miracle of St JulianHoly Family, attributed to Niccolò Soggiummm Raphael, Niccolini-Cowper Madonna, 1508, then in Lord Cowper’s possession, having bought it from Zoffany, now National Gallery of Art, Washington, DCTitian, Venus of Urbino, 1538Cupid and Psyche, Roman copy of a Greek original of the 1st or 2nd century BCThe ‘Arrotino’ (Knife-Grinder), a Pergamene original of 2nd or 3rd century BCDancing Faun, marble replica of a bronze of the circle of Praxiteles, 4th century BCThe Infant Hercules Strangling the SerpentsThe Wrestlers, marble copy of a bronze Permamene original, 2nd or 3rd century BCSouth Indian craterEtruscan helmetChimera - Etruscan art8 Oil lampsEgyptian ptahmose, 18th dynastyGreek bronze torsoBust of Julius CaeserRoman silver shieldHead of AntinousSouth Italian craterEtruscan jugOctagonal table with pietra dura top made for the Tribuna, designed by Jacopo Ligozzi and Bernardino Poccetti.Charles Loraine Smith (1751–1835)Richard Edgcumbe, later 2nd Earl of Mount Edgcumbe (1764–1839)George, 3rd Earl Cowper (1738–89)Sir John Dick (1720–1804), British Consul at LeghornOther Windsor, 6th Earl of Plymouth (1751–99)Johann ZoffanyMr Stevenson, companion to the Lord LewishamGeorge Legge, Lord Lewisham, later 3rd Earl of Dartmouth (1755–1810)unknown young manValentine Knightley of Fawsley (1744–96)Pietro Bastianelli, the custodian of the galleryMr GordonHon. Felton Hervey (1712–73)Thomas Patch (1725-82), PainterSir John Taylor Bt., (d. 1786)Sir Horace Mann (1706–86), British Consul in FlorenceGeorge Finch, 9th Earl of Winchilseaprob. Roger Wilbraham (1743-1829)Mr WattsMr Doughty, travelling with Charles Loraine SmithProbably Thomas Wilbraham (b. 1751), brother of RogerThe Medici Venus, Roman copy of a Greek original of the 2nd century BCJames Bruce (1730–94), African explorerUse a cursor to explore or press button for larger image & copyright
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Paintings[edit]

Zoffany's Original Author and title Where Current location
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - 01 carracci.jpg Annibale Carracci 001.jpg Annibale Carracci, Venus with a Satyr and Cupids Left wall Uffizi, Florence
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - 02 reni.jpg Guido Reni 015.jpg Guido Reni, Charity Left wall Palatine Gallery, Pitti Palace, Florence
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - 03 raffaello.jpg Raffaello, madonna della seggiola 01.jpg Raphael, Madonna della seggiola Left wall Palatine Gallery, Pitti Palace, Florence
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - 04 correggio.jpg Correggio - La Vergine che adora il Bambino - Google Art Project.jpg Correggio, Adoration of the Christ Child Left wall Uffizi, Florence
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - 05 suttermans.jpg Galileo-sustermans.jpg Justus Sustermans, Portrait of Galileo Galilei Left wall Uffizi, Florence
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - 22.jpg Rembrandt - Holy Family - WGA19116.jpg After Rembrandt?, possibly a copy of the Holy Family with Saint Anne in the Louvre Left wall Unidentified
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - 07 tiziano.jpg Bottega di tiziano, Madonna con Bambino e Santa Caterina d'Alessandria.jpg Titian's workshop, Madonna and Child with Saint Catherine Central wall Uffizi, Florence
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - 09 raffaello.jpg Rafael - São João Batista.jpg Raphael and workshop, St John the Baptist Central wall Uffizi, Florence
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - 11 reni.jpg Guido reni, madonna in estasi, olio su tela, 83x68 cm, coll. privata.JPG Guido Reni, Madonna Central wall private collection?
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - 08 raffaello.jpg Raffaello Sanzio - Madonna del Cardellino - Google Art Project.jpg Raphael, Madonna del cardellino Central wall Uffizi, Florence
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - 10 rubens.jpg Los horrores de la guerra.jpg Rubens, The Consequences of War Central wall Palatine Gallery, Pitti Palace, Florence
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - 12 franciabigio.jpg Franciabigio madonna col bambino e san giovannino.jpg Franciabigio (formerly attributed to Raphael), Madonna del Pozzo Central wall Uffizi, Florence
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - 22bis.jpg ? Central wall between the legs of the Satyr Unidentified
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - 13 holbein.jpg Hans Holbein d. J. 060.jpg Hans Holbein, Portrait of Sir Richard Southwell Central wall Uffizi, Florence
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - 14 raffaello.jpg Lorenzo di credi, ritratto del perugino.jpg Raphael, Portrait of Perugino Central wall Uffizi, Florence
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - 15 perugino.jpg Scuola di perugino, madonna col bambino, santa elisabetta e san giovannino.JPG Perugino's workshop (Niccolò Soggi?), Madonna with Child, Saint Elizabeth and Saint John Central wall Uffizi, Florence, still in the Tribuna
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - 16 reni.jpg Guido Reni - Cleopatra - WGA19301.jpg Guido Reni, Cleopatra Right wall Palatine Gallery, Pitti Palace, Florence
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - 17 rubens.jpg Peter Paul Rubens - The Four Philosophers - WGA20358.jpg Rubens, The Four Philosophers Right wall Palatine Gallery, Pitti Palace, Florence
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - 18 raffaello.jpg Raffaello Sanzio - Ritratto di Leone X coi cardinali Giulio de' Medici e Luigi de' Rossi - Google Art Project.jpg Raphael, Pope Leo X with Cardinals Giulio de' Medici and Luigi de' Rossi Right wall Uffizi, Florence
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - 19 pietro da cortona.jpg Pietro da Cortona 001.jpg Pietro da Cortona, Abraham and Hagar Right wall Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - 20 manfredi.jpg Bartolomeo Manfredi - Il tributo a Cesare - Google Art Project.jpg Bartolomeo Manfredi, Tribute to Caesar Right wall Uffizi, Florence
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - 21 allori.jpg Criistofano Allori San Giuliano.jpg Cristofano Allori, Hospitality of Saint Julian Right wall Palatine Gallery, Pitti Palace, Florence
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - 23.jpg ? Right wall right of the Wrestlers Unidentified
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - 24.jpg Roman Charity? Right wall Unidentified
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - 25.jpg ? Right wall behind the Venus Unidentified
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - 26.jpg ? (a golden frame behind the man in red at the very right) Right wall
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - 06 raffaello.jpg Grande madonna cowper.jpg Raphael, Niccolini-Cowper Madonna[nb 1] Lower part National Gallery of Art, Washington
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - 28 guercino.jpg Guercino's workshop, Samian Sibyl Lower part Deposits of the Pitti Palace, Florence
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - 27 tiziano.jpg Tizian 102.jpg Titian, Venus of Urbino Lower part Uffizi, Florence

Sculptures and other[edit]

Many of the ancient sculptures painted by Zoffany can be identified, although few remain on their 18th century locations today. (The Medici's Roman statues stand in the main corridors of the Uffizi Gallery, except those which are still in the Tribuna. The smaller works are now in the collections of the Museo Archeologico Nazionale and the Museo Bargello in Florence).

Zoffany's Original Author and title Where Current location
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - sculture 01.jpg Arte romana, Busto con testa di giovinetta già creduta Plautilla, 200-300 ca. 02.JPG Bust of a young woman, so-called Plautilla Left shelf Uffizi Gallery, Florence
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - sculture 02.jpg Arte romana, Busto con testa del cosiddetto Geta, 200-210 ca. 02.jpg Bust of the so-called Geta Left shelf Uffizi Gallery, Florence
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - sculture 03.jpg Bottega fiorentina, busto femminile all'antica, in calcedonio, metallo e lavagna, 1590-1610 circa.jpg Bust of female Left shelf Museo degli Argenti, Florence
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - sculture 04.jpg Arte romana, ritratto femminile c.d. livia, II sec, marmi e alabastri colorati.JPG Ancient Roman bust of a Julio-Claudian woman, so-called Livia (?) Left shelf Villa Corsini a Castello, Florence
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - sculture 05.jpg Ritratto di augusto con testa in faience, 1-50 dc ca., con busto in oro di antonio gentili da faenza, 1580 (museo argenti).jpg Ancient Roman bust of Augustus Left shelf Museo degli Argenti, Florence
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - sculture 06.jpg Arte romana, Busto con testa di Agrippina Minore già creduta Messalina, 50 ca. 02.jpg Bust of Agrippina Minor Left shelf Uffizi Gallery
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - sculture 07.jpg Bottega fiorentina, busto di augusto, in diaspro, alabastro e bronzo, testa antica del I secolo dc. e montatura del 1590-1610 circa.jpg Bust of Augustus Left shelf Museo degli Argenti, Florence
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - sculture 08.jpg Arte romana, afrodite di afrodisia, II sec.JPG Ancient Roman art, Venus of Aphrodisias Left shelf Villa Corsini a Castello, Florence
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - sculture 09.jpg Bottega fiorentina, busto maschile all'antica in marmo e cristallo di rocca, 1590-1610 circa.jpg Bust of a man in antique style Left shelf Museo degli Argenti, Florence
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - sculture 10.jpg Seated man (?) Central shelf
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - sculture 11.jpg Divinità agreste su tronco, con braccia moderne.JPG Ancient Roman Seated God Central shelf National Archaeological Museum, Florence
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - sculture 12.jpg Bust of Annius Verus Central shelf Uffizi Gallery
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - sculture 13.jpg Hardstone footed cup Central shelf
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - sculture 14.jpg 006 Arte romana, Busto con testa del cosiddetto Nerone bambino, 1-100 ca. 02.JPG Bust of a boy, so-called young Nero Central shelf Uffizi Gallery, Florence
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - sculture 15.jpg Arte romana con restauri moderni, busto augusto 01.JPG Ancient Roman small bust of an Augustus (?) Central shelf National Archaeological Museum, Florence
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - sculture 16.jpg Arte romana, serapide, 150 dc ca..JPG Bust of Zeus-Serapis Central shelf Villa Corsini a Castello, Florence
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - sculture 17.jpg Bronze statuette Central shelf
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - sculture 18.jpg Bust of a man (?) Central shelf
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - sculture 19.jpg Arte romana, amorino arciere, 150-200 ca. 01.JPG Cupid with the bow Central shelf Uffizi Gallery, Florence
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - sculture 20.jpg Epoca romana, ercole stante.JPG Ancient Roman bronze statuette of Heracles Right shelf National Archaeological Museum, Florence
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - sculture 21.jpg Bust of a man (?) Right shelf
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - sculture 22.jpg Canopic jar (?) Right shelf
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - sculture 23.jpg Bottega fiorentina, busto di nerva, in alabastro e metallo, 1590-1610 circa.jpg Bust of Nerva Right shelf Museo degli Argenti, Florence
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - sculture 24.jpg Bertoldo di giovanni, orfeo o apollo, 1475-80 01.JPG Bertoldo di Giovanni, Putto playing the lute Right shelf Bargello, Florence
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - sculture 25.jpg Statuetta di satiro, copia romana del I sec dc, da orig. ellenistico (MAN firenze, villa corsini) 01.JPG Ancient Roman statuette of Satyr Right shelf Villa Corsini a Castello, Florence
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - sculture 26.jpg Bronzi di pipistrello (rosignano, 1565), concordia seduta, 150 dc ca.JPG Seated Concordia Right shelf National Archaeological Museum, Florence
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - sculture 27.jpg Arte romana, satiro giovane, II sec.JPG Ancient Roman bust of a Young Satyr Right shelf Villa Corsini a Castello, Florence
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - sculture 28.jpg Ercole e il leone, II-III sec. dc., con restauri settecenteschi, 01.JPG Ancient Roman art after Lysippus, Heracles and the Nemean Lion Right shelf Hermitage, St. Petersburg?
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - sculture 29.jpg Tyche di antiochia, copia romana da orig. di eutychides del 297-296 ac., n. 2366.JPG Seated Tyche of Anthioch Right shelf National Archaeological Museum, Florence
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - sculture 30.jpg Bust of Bacchus (?) Right shelf
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - sculture 31 amore e psiche.jpg Amore e psiche, copia romana di un originale ellenistico della fine del IV sec. ac..JPG Ancient Roman art, Cupid and Psyche Center Uffizi, Florence
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - sculture 32 satiro.jpg Sommer, Giorgio (1834-1914) - n. 2944 - Il fauno danzante. Firenze.jpg Ancient Roman art, Dancing Faun Center Uffizi, Florence, still in the Tribuna
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - oggetti 10 tavolo.jpg Jacopo Antelli (Monicca) and Jacopo Ligozzi, tavolo ottagonale con intarsi in pietre dure.jpg Jacopo Antelli (Monicca) and Jacopo Ligozzi, Octagonal table with Pietre Dure mosaics Center Uffizi, Florence, still in the Tribuna
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - sculture 33 ercolino.jpg Arte romana, Ercole infante strozza il serpente, 1-100 circa 02.JPG Ancient Roman art, Baby Hercules strangling the snake Center Uffizi, Florence, still in the Tribuna
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - sculture 34 lottatori.jpg Arte romana, Lottatori, 1-100 circa da un originale del III secolo a.C. 02.JPG Ancient Roman art, The Two Wrestlers Center Uffizi, Florence, still in the Tribuna
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - sculture 35 venere medici.jpg Venus de Medici.png Cleomenes, Medici Venus Center Uffizi, Florence, still in the Tribuna
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - oggetti 01 vaso canosino.jpg Pittore di baltimora, cratere apulo con amazzonomachia, teti che dà le armi ad achille tra dei, ettore sulla quadriga, 330 ac ca. 10.jpg Baltimore Painter, Apulian krater with Amazonomachy Lower part National Archaeological Museum, Florence
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - oggetti 02 elmo.jpg Produz. etrusca, elmo a bottone, con iscriz.interna, da canne (BA), IV sec a.c.JPG Etruscan bronze helmet with "button" on top Lower part National Archaeological Museum, Florence
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - sculture 36 arrotino.jpg Museo pushkin, calchi, arrotino 04.jpg Ancient Roman art, Arrotino Lower part Uffizi, Florence, still in the Tribuna
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - sculture 37 chimera.jpg Chimera d'arezzo, fi, 04.JPG Etruscan (with 17th-century implements), Chimera of Arezzo Lower part National Archaeological Museum, Florence
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - oggetti 03 calamaio.jpg Scuola del riccio, lampada ad olio a forma di satiro ripiegato su se stesso, 1510 circa 02.JPG Andrea Briosco workshop, Lucerna in the shape of a Twisting Man Lower part Bargello, Florence
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - oggetti 04 missorio.jpg Piatto di ardaburio, argento fuso, 434 d.c. (found in 1769) 02.JPG Plate (missorium) of F. Ardaburius Aspar', Roman, c.. 434 AD Lower part National Archaeological Museum, Florence
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - sculture 38.jpg Arte romana, Busto del cosiddetto Cicerone, 30 ac-20 dc ca.jpg Bust of the so-called Cicero Lower part Uffizi Gallery
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - sculture 39 antinoo.jpg Archeologico di Firenze, antinoo 01.JPG Florentine pseudo-antique art, second half of the 16th century, Bronze head of Antinous Lower part National Archaeological Museum, Florence
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - oggetti 07.jpg Bronze lucerna (?) Lower part
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - oggetti 05.jpg Volterra, cratere a volute, 310 ac ca.jpg Etruscan krater in bucchero Lower part National Archaeological Museum, Florence
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - oggetti 08 oinochoe.jpg Oinochoe in bucchero etruria meridionale, fine VII, inizio VI secolo ac..jpg Etruscan oinochoe in bucchero Lower part National Archaeological Museum, Florence
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - oggetti 09 situla.jpg Volterra, situla a vernice nera, da pisa, 310-290 ac ca.jpg Etruscan situla in bucchero Lower part National Archaeological Museum, Florence
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - oggetti 06 bronzetto.jpg Bronze statuette? Lower part
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - sculture 41 torso di livorno.jpg Torso di livorno, 480-470 ac. ca. 02.JPG Ancient Greek art, Livorno Torso Lower part National Archaeological Museum, Florence
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - sculture 40.jpg Statue Ptahmose 1790 Florence.JPG Ancient Egyptian art, Cube statue of Ptahmose Lower part National Archaeological Museum, Florence
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - sculture 42 urnetta.jpg Urnetta cineraria da volterra 50.JPG Etruscan funerary urn probably Volterra production Lower part, under the Venus of Urbino National Archaeological Museum, Florence

Persons shown[edit]

The Tribuna of the Uffizi combines aspects of the British 18th-century conversation piece, or informal group portrait, with that of the predominantly Flemish 17th-century tradition of Wunderkammer and gallery views. Thus, the figures populating Zoffany’s painting are all identifiable as connoisseurs, diplomats and visitors to Florence. The inclusion of so many recognisable portraits was criticized by Zoffany's royal patrons, and by Horace Walpole, who called it "a flock of travelling boys, and one does not know nor care whom."[3]

The first group of people is centered around the Niccolini Madonna by Raphael. From left, standing up, there are the picture’s owner George, 3rd earl of Cowper, Sir John Dick, baronet of Braid, Other Windsor, 6th Earl of Plymouth, and Johann Zoffany, the painter himself, followed on the other side of the painting by Mr. Stevenson and his companion George Legge, 3rd Earl of Dartmouth, while is sitting on a chair Charles Loraine Smith and behind him, bended, Richard Edgcumbe, later 2nd Earl of Mount Edgcumbe.

Two more connoisseurs are near the Satiro. The first is reported to be Joseph Leeson, 2nd Earl of Milltown, even if his portrait does not match in age and resemblance those in the National Gallery of Ireland by Pompeo Batoni, and Valentine Knightley of Fawsley.

Further to the center of the painting Pietro Bastianelli, curator of the Uffizi Gallery, shows the Venus of Urbino di Titian to John Gordon,[nb 2] Thomas Patch who is apparently the man touching the Venus, but pointing to the figure of a male nude (believed to be a reference to Patch's homosexuality) [6], Sir John Taylor and Sir Horace Mann. The sitting man, looking back towards, is the Hon. Felton Hervey.

The group around the Medici Venus include John Finch, Mr. Wilbraham (one of the sons of Roger Wilbraham of Natwich), Mr. Watts, Mr. Doughty and, on the other side, Thomas Wilbraham (the second son) and James Bruce.

Detail Portrait Name Note
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - people group 1-1.jpg Anton Raphael Mengs - George, 3rd Earl Cowper (1738-1789) - Google Art Project.jpg George, 3rd earl of Cowper
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - people group 1-2.jpg Sir John Dick baronet of Braid.jpg Sir John Dick baronet of Braid
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - people group 1-3.jpg Other Windsor, 6th Earl of Plymouth
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - people group 1-5.jpg Self-portrait (with Hourglass and Skull) by Johann Zoffany.jpg Johann Zoffany the author of painting (self-portrait)
David Stevenson tutor to Lord Lewisham (George Legge, 3rd Earl of Dartmouth).jpg Mr. David Stevenson tutor to Lord Lewisham
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - people group 1-8.jpg George Legge, Viscount Lewisham, later 3rd Earl of Dartmouth, 1778, by Batoni.jpg George Legge, 3rd Earl of Dartmouth
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - people group 1-4.jpg Charles Loraine Smith painter
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - people group 1-6.jpg Lord edgcumbe.jpg Richard Edgcumbe,
later 2nd Earl of Mount Edgcumbe
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - people group 2-1.jpg Joseph Leeson 2nd Earl of Milltown died 1801.jpg Joseph Leeson, 2nd Earl of Milltown is reported to be, even if his portrait does not match in age and resemblance those in the National Gallery of Ireland by Pompeo Batoni
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - people group 2-2.jpg Valentine Knightley of Fawsley also painter
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - people group 3-1.jpg Pietro Bastianelli curator of the Uffizi Gallery
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - people group 3-2.jpg John Gordon
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - people group 3-4.jpg Thomas Patch self portrait npg.jpg Thomas Patch probably the man touching the Venus
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - people group 3-5.jpg Sir John Taylor
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - people group 3-6.jpg Sir Horace Mann, 1st Baronet.jpg Sir Horace Mann
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - people group 3-3.jpg Felton Hervey.jpg Hon. Felton Hervey
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - people group 4-1.jpg John Finch, 9th Earl of Winchilsea
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - people group 4-2.jpg Mr. Wilbraham (one of the sons of Roger Wilbraham of Natwich)
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - people group 4-3.jpg Mr. Watts
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - people group 4-5.jpg Mr. Doughty
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - people group 4-6.jpg Thomas Wilbraham (the second son)
Johan Zoffany - Tribuna of the Uffizi - people group 4-7.jpg James Bruce.jpg James Bruce

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ This painting was owned by Zoffany at the moment: this explains its prominence.
  2. ^ Described in contemporary Italian newspapers as "Mr. Gordon, an English official".[4]John Chambers wrote in 1829 that Rev. William Gordon of Saxlingham possessed several paintings "collected by John Gordon, who figured in Zoffany's picture of the Gallery of Florence".[4][5]

References[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • "The Tribuna of the Uffizi". Royal Collection.; text adapted from
    • Shawe-Taylor, Desmond (2009). The Conversation Piece: Scenes of Fashionable Life. London: Royal Collection Publications. ISBN 1905686072.
  • Pressly, William L. (March 1987). "Genius Unveiled: The Self-Portraits of Johan Zoffany". The Art Bulletin. 69 (1): 88–101. doi:10.1080/00043079.1987.10788404. ISSN 0004-3079.
  • Nicholls, John Anthony (2006). Das Galeriebild im 18. Jahrhundert und Johann Zoffanys "Tribuna" (PDF) (Ph.D. thesis) (in German). Bonn University.
  • Diagram with key to works and people, reproduced in Farber, Allen (Spring 2014). "The Gentlemanly Hang: Johann Zoffany, The Tribuna of the Uffizi, 1772-78". ARTH 200 Assignments: Authoritative and Disciplined Discussions of Masterpieces. SUNY Oneonta.

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ a b Royal Collection from Shawe-Taylor 2009
  2. ^ a b "The Hon. Felton Hervey (1712-1775)". National Trust Collections. National Trust. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
  3. ^ Lewis, W.S., ed. (1967). "To MANN, Friday 12 November 1779". The Yale edition of Horace Walpole's correspondence. 24. Yale: Lewis Walpole Library. pp. 526–7. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
  4. ^ a b Cited in Nicholls 2006, p.152
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