So many notable publications having been devoted to the drawings of foreign collections, it was only right and fitting that in Italy also we should think of estimating, in a special edition, the value of the magnificent collection of the Royal Gallery of the Uffizi, with a critical and descriptive text, interspersed with clear reproductions.
In 1912, a committee of art connoisseurs, composed of P. N. Ferri, Carlo Gamba, Carlo Loeser and Giovanni Poggi had this idea, which could only be realized by the keen interest of a cultured editor and one full of initiative, such as Comm. Leo S. Olschki who understood at once the world-wide importance of the publication.
The reproduction of the coloured phototypes, by the process of negatives selected for the various colours, was entrusted to Dr. Luigi Pampaloni. The committee began the work with enthusiasm and alacrity, overcoming not a few difficulties, because it was a question of selecting the most representative from the great sea of about 45,000 figure, landscape and ornamental drawings from the fifteenth to the seventeenth century.