The rooms from 25 to 34 host the masterpieces of the sixteenth century.
Room 25 Miguel Angel (Tondo Doni) and maestros florentinos
It starts with the 25th hall of Michelangelo and the Florentines, with the absolute masterpiece of Michelangelo’s Tondo Doni, highly innovative both for the composition and for the use of colors (1504), surrounded by Florentine works of the school of San Marco (Fra ‘ Bartolomeo, Mariotto Albertinelli), from the calm and laid monumentality that inspired Buonarroti and Raffaello himself.
Room 26 Rafael and Andrea del Sarto
Room 27 Pontormo and Rosso Fiorentino
Rooms 26 and 27, respectively dedicated to Raffaello / Andrea del Sarto and Pontormo / Rosso Fiorentino, are the rearrangements after their works have been transferred to the larger rooms on the first floor (“red rooms”).
Room 28 Tiziano and Sebastiano del Piombo
Room 28 houses the masterpieces of the Venetian school of Titian and Sebastiano del Piombo. The first refers to a series of portraits and nudes, including the famous Flora and the Venus of Urbino, works of refined and enigmatic sensuality.
Room 29 Parmigianino and Dosso Dossi
Room 30 Escuela de Emilia de Cinquecento
In rooms 29 and 30 there are masterpieces of Emilian painters, including Dosso Dossi, Amico Aspertini, Ludovico Mazzolino, Garofalo and, above all, Parmigianino, whose long-necked Madonna shows with virtuosity the overcoming of the Renaissance aesthetic canons in favor of something more eccentric and unnatural, with a complex ambiguity and certainly desired, as well as sinuously beautiful.
Room 31 Veronés
Room 32 Bassano and Tintoretto
Rooms 31 and 32 are again linked to Venetian painters, in particular Veronese, Tintoretto, the Bassano, Paris Bordon and others. Due to its narrow and broken form, room 33 has been set up as the “Corridor of the Sixteenth Century”, dedicated to medium-small size works that show the variety of figurative proposals elaborated in the century: ranging from crowded and minutely captious compositions by artists they participated in the decoration of the Francesco I study in the Palazzo Vecchio, the erotic refinements of the Fontainebleau school, the official portraits and the simplified works according to the dictates of the Counter-Reformation.
Room 33-34 Five hundred Lombard
last room of the route, room 34, dei Lombardi, where the major artists active in the region are represented throughout the sixteenth century. These include Lorenzo Lotto, the link between the Venetian culture and the Lombard culture (Portrait of a young man, Susanna and the Elders, Holy Family and Saints), the Brescian Giovanni Girolamo Savoldo, extraordinary creator of material effects, and the Bergamo Giovan Battista Moroni, unsurpassed portraitist. Between the room 34 and room 35 there is access to the Vasari Corridor.
The Gallery entirely occupies the first and second floors of the large building constructed between 1560 and 1580 and designed by Giorgio Vasari. It is famous worldwide for its outstanding collections of ancient sculptures and paintings (from the Middle Ages to the Modern period). The collections of paintings from the 14th-century and Renaissance period include some absolute masterpieces: Giotto, Simone Martini, Piero della Francesca, Beato Angelico, Filippo Lippi, Botticelli, Mantegna, Correggio, Leonardo, Raffaello, Michelangelo and Caravaggio, in addition to many precious works by European painters (mainly German, Dutch and Flemish).
Moreover, the Gallery boasts an invaluable collection of ancient statues and busts from the Medici family, which adorns the corridors and consists of ancient Roman copies of lost Greek sculptures.