The Contini Bonacossi Collection Unveiled at the Uffizi

The Contini Bonacossi Collection at the Uffizi Gallery became available to the public for the first time in 49 years. The history behind this collection is as complex as it is beautiful and tells a unique story of its own. Immediately after World War II, Alessandro Contini Bonacossi donated his private art collection to the Italian State and in 1969, the collection became property of the Florentine Galleries.  For nearly 49 years, the [...]

Tabernacle Restorations by Friends of Florence

Beyond the Arno, in the Oltrarno, two tabernacles from the 1950s, in dire need of restoration and protection from the elements are today shining anew. Thanks again to the contribution of Friends of Florence, the works of art and their shrines have been rebuilt, repaired and restored in Piazza Torquato Tasso and Via del Campuccio. Both works of art were originally commissioned by the city of Florence, in an effort to save face [...]

Fireworks & Scandinavian Photography: Norden

Until Feb. 18:  NORDEN: MAN AND NATURE.  Villa Bardini, Costa San Giorgio 2.  Open Tuesday – Sunday 10 am – 6 pm.  Admission:  €8.  Residents of Florence, Arezzo and Grosseto have free access to the adjacent Bardini garden. Past and present blur together in a new photography show titled “Norden: Man and Nature between Scandinavia and Baltic States,” a platform illustrating people and places that Luca Berti, a transplanted Florentine, experienced during his [...]

A Reading of ‘Seven’ at Teatro della Pergola

It’s hard to imagine what the world would be like without women, those females, sometimes irrational but forever caring and emotional, those ladies who have continuously worked day-in, day-out, just to make the world go round. In their honour, Italy will dedicate 16 days this autumn to a campaign, “16 Days of Activism to Stand up Against Male Violence,” taking place November 25 through December 10Linked to this campaign is a reading of [...]

A Pian de’ Guillari Photo Book by Marangoni

As part of initiatives by Contemporary Photography, the inaugural event of “Tea Time with a Beautiful Book” begins with Martino Marangoni’s photographical memoir (with sections in English and Italian), “Nonni’s Paradiso, an Olive Tree Story,” at Chalet Fontana (viale Galileo 7, Literary Cafe) on November 5 (6 pm).  The public is welcome to attend. Born in Florence to an American mother and an Italian father, Marangoni’s childhood was a mixture of the two [...]

A New Life for the Cloister of the Vows’ Frescoes

What has been a four-year project, to restore the frescoes in the Cloister of the Vows of the church of Santissima Annunziata made possible by the non-profit organization ‘Friends of Florence’, has finally reached its completion. Restorers Alessandra Popple and Cristiana Conti from S.A.R., and Gioia Germani have impeded the deterioration of the murals while restoring their original luminosity. La chiesa della madre di tutti fiorentini, as the mother church of the Servite order [...]

Fortissimissimo: A Festival to Honor Fledging Talent

To celebrate the musical talents of young people across the globe, the Amici della Musica Firenze is presenting a new classical competition, the Fortissimissimo Firenze Festival (FFF), that will run until October 11. The festival will take place under the artistic direction of Andrea Lucchesini in Sala del Buonumore of the Luigi Cherubini Conservatory, and will include a variety of classical pieces interpreted on an assortment of instruments. The historical hall was provided [...]

Urs Fischer’s Contemporary Art in Piazza Signoria

The newest additions to one of Florence’s most historical squares have come crashing down. Concurrently with Biennial Antiques Fair, Urs Fisher, brought three statues to Piazza Signoria in effort to incorporate temporary works of art into Florence. His sculptures in the square include the large metal work, Big Clay and two wax statues of the curator of the exhibition, Francesco Bonami and the chairman of the antiques show, Fabrizio Moretti. One of the [...]

Michelangelo’s ‘River God’ Returns to Casa Buonarroti

Thanks to the Friends of Florence, another gem from the city’s artistic treasure chest has been newly restored. “River God,” a preparatory rendition of a human torso by Michelangelo Buonarroti, was created between 1526 and 1527. Made of raw clay and fiber on a wooden base, pieces such as this were used as reference models for collaborators and to garner approval from customers prior to creating the marble sculpture. The sculpture was intended [...]

‘The International Brass Week’s’ Creative Concerts

Florence’s International Brass Week offers a series of concerts – some free – in out-of-the-ordinary settings: afloat in the Arno River, in the basilica of Santa Maria Novella and, in tandem with the Opera di Firenze’s Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (MMF) orchestra, at the Pitti Palace courtyard. Founded by Luca Benucci, principal French horn of the Maggio Musicale Orchestra, this year’s festival has invited some of today’s most brilliant stars of the brass world [...]