Pontormo Show Reveals a Special Masterpiece at Pitti

A Pontormo masterpiece returns to Florence thanks to a new exhibition curated by Bruce Edelstein at Palazzo Pitti, after being sold 30 years ago to the Getty Museum in Los Angeles for a record figure of 32.5 million dollars. The show titled “Miraculous Encounters, Pontormo from Drawing to Painting” will be open until July 29 in the Sala delle Nicchie in the Pitti Palace, part of Florence’s Uffizi Galleries complex. L’alabardiere (Portrait of [...]

U.S. Author Wins Von Rezzori Prize

George Saunders received the Von Rezzori award in a ceremony at the Sala d’Arme,  Palazzo Vecchio on May 3 with his acclaimed novel Lincoln in the Bardo. The novel takes place in 1862, in the beginning of Civil War. President Lincoln’s eleven-year-old son, Willie, is very ill at the White House and in just a few days he dies. Inspired by this real-life situation, Saunders tells the story of familial love and loss [...]

The Power of Words at the Festival degli Scrittori

May 3 – 5:  FESTIVAL DEGLI SCRITTORI (Festival of Writers).  Florence.  Venues and times vary. All the events are free of charge. Can a book festival mirror both the contemporary political disquiet of the Trump era and at the same time the ups and downs of a whole generation of midlife people who are too young to retire and too old to start again? Yes, if the answer is the Festival of Writers [...]

Carla dal Forno, Australian Singer at the Sala Vanni

Network Sonoro is a project born of the partnership between Musicus Concentus and Music Pool. Offering 100 concerts, which take place in traditional theaters, clubs, and auditoriums, this project acts as a reference point for those interested in exploring the contemporary music scene. Taking place throughout the region of Tuscany, Italian and other international artists offer an exciting journey into eclectic music. Carla Dal Forno is the next performing artist who will take [...]

Pontormo Restoration in the Capponi Chapel

Thanks to private donors Kathe and John Dyson, the Friends of Florence foundation was able to finance the €120,000 restoration of the Capponi Chapel, designed in 1420 by Brunelleschi in the church of Santa Felicita. A century later, shortly after Ludovico di Gino di Ludovico Capponi acquired the chapel built for the Barbardori family, Jacopo Pontormo began to decorate the interior. As an exponent of Mannerism, Pontormo pushed the main features of the [...]

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 [...]