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Uffizi (ōōf-fē´tsē), palace in Florence, Italy, built in the 16th cent. by Giorgio Vasari for Cosimo I de' Medici as public offices. It houses the state archives of Tuscany and the Uffizi Gallery, one of the world's richest art collections. Besides the Florentine, all the Italian as well as the Dutch and Flemish schools are well represented, with works by Botticelli, Raphael, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Titian, and Rubens, to name only a few. It also houses the world-famous statue of the Venus of the Medici (Greek, 3d cent. BC), with other Greek, Roman, and Renaissance sculpture. The Uffizi contains a fine collection of artists' self-portraits. In 1993 a car bomb (alleged to have been set by the Sicilian Mafia) damaged or destroyed portions of the palace, destroying three paintings and damaging more than 30 other works of art. In 1998 a renovated Uffizi reopened with damaged artworks and galleries restored. It now includes a new wing, bookshop, cafe, multimedia information center, and other features.

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Uffizi (It. ‘offices’) Chief public gallery in Florence, Italy, housing one of the greatest collections of Italian paintings. Giorgio Vasari built the palace in the 16th century for the Grand Duke Cosimo I de' Medici, and it once housed government offices. Painters of the Florentine and other Italian schools are represented, with works by Piero della Francesca, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian and many others, as well as Dutch and Flemish masters.

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Uffizi an art gallery and museum in Florence, housing one of Europe's finest art collections. Italian Renaissance painting is particularly well represented, although the collection also contains sculptures, drawings, and Flemish, French, and Dutch paintings. The building, the Uffizi palace, was designed by Giorgio Vasari c.1560 as offices for the Medici family.

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