Tondo Doni is a very special painting: it is the only painting on panel by Michelangelo Buonarroti.
It is round, hence its name "Tondo" which, in Italian, means round. It was a private commission; the great artist from the Renaissance in fact painted it for the rich Florentine banker Agnolo Doni (here is the reason why it is called Tondo Doni) .
Michelangelo, the great sculptor from the Renaissance, shows us here his incredible skill in painting too.
Absolutely new are the colours used by Michelangelo in his masterpiece: Mannerists will highly appreciate them.
The magnificence of this painting is now underlined by the recently restored room which houses it whose walls are of an intense red, actually crimson, a colour which catches your attention even from the corridor and which makes this room one of the most attractive of the whole Uffizi Gallery.