Uffizi invites all couples to the Festival of Gifts: free admission and open until 9 p.m.

The Uffizi invites all couples to the wedding anniversary of Agnolo Doni and Maddalena Strozzi. Many initiatives on Jan. 31.

On Jan. 31, 2020, the event commemorating thewedding anniversary of Agnolo Doni and Maddalena Strozzi, which took place on Jan. 31, 1503, for whom Michelangelo painted the famous Tondo Doni, returns to the Uffizi Galleries after last year’s success.

To celebrate the Feast of the Doni, the Florentine museum anticipates Valentine’s Day with the second edition of the initiative: the anniversary will be celebrated with many proposals in a larger version than last year. Harp music dedicated to Cupid, an urban dance performance inspired by the bond of love between couples and themed guided tours among the greatest masterpieces of painting and sculpture.

Couples attending the day-long event will be entitled to free admission, paying only one ticket; the first edition was attended by hundreds of lovers from all over Italy and abroad. During the day, experts will be on hand to tell visitors the story of the wedding between Agnolo and Maddalena and in-depth focus on their portraits painted by Raphael.

The museum will also remain open extraordinarily until 9 p.m. A twitter campaign will also be launched: all couples who will be at the Uffizi on Jan. 31 are invited to post selfies in front of their favorite works on social, using the tags @UffiziGalleries and the hashtag #DoniDay: the museum will re-share the most beautiful photos taken during the day.

“The great success of the first edition of the Festa dei Doni prompted us again this year to celebrate the anniversary of the historic union between Agnolo and Maddalena. This year all lovers who come to visit us on January 31 will be able to stay until 9 p.m. to admire our famous masterpieces, pause on the terrace in front of a breathtaking view, but not only that. We have also organized music and dance events. The Uffizi, the symbolic place of Art in Italy and the world, on this very special day also becomes an opportunity to reflect on Love: I invite all couples to take part in this very special and extraordinary event,” commented Uffizi Director Eike Schmidt.

Pictured are the portraits made by Raphael and the Tondo Doni.

Uffizi invites all couples to the Festival of Gifts: free admission and open until 9 p.m.
Uffizi invites all couples to the Festival of Gifts: free admission and open until 9 p.m.

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