The permanent exhibition of the Uffizi, on the ground floor of Palazzo Pitti, presents for the first time a unique historical collection of 78 Russian icons, which was formed during the 18th and 19th centuries. It was collected in Florence by representatives of the Medici dynasty, as well as the Lorraine dynasty.
The collection of works of art was collected by representatives of the Lorraine dynasty and the House of Medici. Previously, they were exhibited only at temporary exhibitions and never got together. The halls of the former residence of the great dukes of Tuscany, the Pitti Palace, were allocated for the icons.
It is known that the Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky lived a stone's throw from the Palazzo Pitti and very often visited the Uffizi gallery.
According to the Ambassador of Russia to Italy, Sergei Razov, the permanent exhibition of Russian icons in the Palazzo Pitti is the most important event for an intensive dialogue in the field of culture between Russia and Italy.