The Vasari Corridor is an interesting architectural concept. Built by the Medici Dukes to allow safe passage between their offices of business(The Uffizi) and the Pitti Palace, it is a symbol of their great wealth and increasing isolation from the populace.
These days it serves as a museum and artists' self-portrait gallery, a tradition started by Cardinal Leopoldo de' Medici in the 17th century. It is now open to the public but only via guided tour, which must be arranged with the Uffizi (or affiliated tour operators). I myself did not get to see it on my trip to Florence, the intended day of my visit being marred by illness.
Fortunately however, for myself and those that have not yet seen it, Andrew Graham-Dixon got to do the corridor walk in his superb 2008 series Travels With Vasari which aired on BBC Four. In this series AGD takes a deeper look into the life and work of Giorgio Vasari. Most famous as the first true art historian, but also an highly productive artist in his day.
Vasari's Lives of the The Artists is often a first point of contact for those studying Renaissance art history. I am pleased that modern readers are now approaching Vasari with more objectivity - his tales are interesting, but often not a golden standard of historical documentation.
Vasari's biases and their influence on art history is something I will come back to in future posts, for now - enjoy this private tour of the Vasari corridor!