The Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence is one of the oldest and most famous art museums in the world. In addition to Renaissance masterpieces including works from Botticelli, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, the Uffizi houses one of the world’s most important collections of ancient Roman and Greek statues. The Medicis’ interest in ancient art started with the founder of the family Cosimo I de’ Medici (1519-1574) and grew over nearly four decades. The antiquities were stored and displayed in several rooms in Palazzo Vecchio and Palazzo Pitti where they could be admired by the visitors to the court. The antiquities were later transferred to the Uffizi.
Most of the ancient statues and busts are displayed on the u-shaped second floor of the museum. The wide corridors are filled with numerous portraits of the members of the different imperial dynasties including those of the Nerva-Antonine dynasty.
Nerva (ruled 96 – 98 AD)
Trajan (ruled 98 – 117 AD)
Ulpia Marciana, beloved elder sister of Trajan
Salonina Matidia, niece of Trajan and mother-in-law of Hadrian
Hadrian (ruled 117 – 138 AD)
Antinous, favorite of Hadrian
Lucius Aelius Caesar, intended successor of Hadrian
Antoninus Pius (ruled 138 – 161 AD)
Empress Faustina the Elder, wife of Antoninus Pius
Marcus Aurelius (ruled 161 – 180 AD)
Empress Faustina the Younger, wife of Marcus Aurelius
Lucius Verus (ruled 161 – 169 AD)
Empress Crispina, wife of Commodus
In addition to the members of the Nerva-Antonine dynasty, the Uffizi houses a number of portraits of unknown citizens from the same era. Some of these portraits were incorrectly attributed to members of the Nerva-Antonine dynasty during the Renaissance but the original inscriptions have remained.
Private portraiture of unknown citizen from the Nerva-Antonine era