A NEW BEGINNING by Maria Vittoria Colonna Rimbotti

Thursday,September 11th, 2014 posted by   N/A

It is always difficult to set one’s hand to museum trails. When the museum in question is the Uffizi Gallery, then any metamorphosis can be regarded as extravagant, an anti-historical accretion. This is why the Amici degli Uffizi were somewhat wary of the request to support the complete redesigning and reconstruction of the first room […]

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Room 1 at the Uffizi Gallery

Wednesday,July 23rd, 2014 posted by   N/A

Room 1 at the Uffizi Gallery reopens to the public after a long period of closure for renovation. I saw it all! What a lucky chance that yet another event involving our sister organization Amici degli Uffizi took place during my last stay in Florence. On June 11th I joined a very expectant crowd of […]

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From Florence With Love

Thursday,July 10th, 2014 posted by   N/A


A work by Emilio Isgrò – yet another donation of the Amici degli Uffizi to the Gallery – has joined the self-portrait collection. I was fortunate to be staying in Florence while this new achievement of our sister organization Amici degli Uffizi was presented on May 16, 2014. It was really exciting to be invited […]

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Veronica Atkins Hosts FoUG Reception

Thursday,March 6th, 2014 posted by   N/A


Veronica Aktins, who through her philanthropic foundation is funding the restoration of the “Apollo with Lyre” statue at the Uffizi Gallery and who will also be the Grand Benefactor of the 2014 Florentine Weekend, hosted an elegant reception in her stunning, waterfront Palm Beach home to honor the annual visit of Contessa Maria Vittoria Colonna […]

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Bill Viola Donates Self Portrait to the Uffizi Gallery

Tuesday,January 21st, 2014 posted by   N/A

Antonio Natali, Contessa Maria Vittoria Colonna Rimbotti, Bill Viola, Cristina Acidini and Emanuele Guerra in front of Bill Viola

Contemporary artist Bill Viola has donated his video work, “Self Portrait, Submerged,” created earlier this year, to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy. The donation was made possible through the efforts of the Amici degli Uffizi in Florence, sister organization to the Friends of the Uffizi Gallery. Viola presented the work to the Uffizi Gallery […]

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Dr. Robert Simon, Guest Leonardo Lecturer at the 2014 Annual Friends of the Uffizi Gallery Brunch

Tuesday,December 10th, 2013 posted by   N/A

2014 Annual Brunch Friends of the Uffizi Gallery

The annual brunch for the Friends of the Uffizi Gallery is one of the highlights of our social season.  Held at and during the prestigious Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antiques Show, the event also provides attendees with the opportunity to peruse the fair afterwards. The show features the collections of more than 180 renowned […]

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Veronica Atkins Funds Apollo with Lyre Restoration

Thursday,October 17th, 2013 posted by   N/A

Veronica Atkins

Friends of the Uffizi Gallery is excited to announce that Veronica Atkins, a resident of Palm Beach, Florida, has made a generous $25,000 gift to fund the restoration of the Apollo with Lyre sculpture found in the collection of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy. When asked what prompted this donation, Mrs. Atkins explained, “I […]

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Raphael’s Learned Lovers ~ An Unnoticed Couple in the Uffizi Gallery

Tuesday,October 1st, 2013 posted by   N/A

Portrait of Duke Guidobaldo da Montefeltro (c.1506)
and Portrait of Elisabetta Gonzaga (c.1504)

From guest blogger Hasan Niyazi… The Uffizi Gallery hosts an impressive selection of works of art spanning the career of the famous Renaissance artist, Raphael Santi, commonly just referred to as Raphael.  Two of his masterpieces are portraits and they are often passed unnoticed in the Uffizi Gallery even though they come with a touching […]

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Amici degli Uffizi Celebrate 20 Inspiring Years

Tuesday,August 6th, 2013 posted by   N/A

Amici degli Uffizi

Our founding and sister organization in Italy, Amici degli Uffizi (“Friends of the Uffizi”), celebrated their 20th anniversary on July 8, 2013 in Florence.  The organization was created by a group of concerned Florentine citizens a few months after the May 1993 bombing of the Uffizi Gallery to raise funds to repair and restore the […]

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Vasari Corridor in Dan Brown’s “Inferno”

Tuesday,August 6th, 2013 posted by   N/A

Dan Brown Inferno

In his latest book,  Inferno, Dan Brown sets the stage in Florence, Italy, bringing Robert Langdon, the historian featured in his previous novels, up close and personal with Florence and the Uffizi Gallery. In one scene, Robert and his companion, Dr. Sienna Brooks, travel across the Vasari Corridor. The Vasari Corridor, commissioned by Grand Duke, […]

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Chatting with Lisa Marie Browne, Executive Director of Friends of the Uffizi Gallery

Thursday,June 20th, 2013 posted by   N/A

Lisa Marie Browne Friends of the Uffizi Gallery

Lisa Marie Browne has served as the executive director of the Friends of the Uffizi Gallery since the nonprofit was created in Palm Beach in 2006.  Working closely with Amici degli Uffizi, the sister and founding organization that is based in Florence, Italy, she has raised millions of dollars to restore over 30 priceless art […]

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Girotondo Per Caterina

Thursday,May 30th, 2013 posted by   N/A


On May 27, 2013, Florentines looked beyond the curtain of somber remembrance and instead embraced a bright future, in the arms and innocent, joyful faces of Tuscany’s youth. Through the efforts of an Italian initiative called Girotondo per Caterina, founded by Marco Ferri, a thousand Florentine school children, teachers and citizens joined hands to encircle […]

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A Solemn Anniversary for the Uffizi Gallery

Monday,May 27th, 2013 posted by   N/A

Uffizi Gallery

Today, May 27, 2013, marks the 20th anniversary of the 1993 car bomb attack in Via dei Georgofili that blasted through the side of the Uffizi Gallery and killed five innocent people, including two young children, who lived in a nearby building.  The bombing left structural damage to the building, destroyed three paintings and badly […]

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Uffizi Gallery Tops London Times List

Wednesday,May 22nd, 2013 posted by   N/A

Uffizi Galery

On May 4, 2013, The Times of London published an article titled, “The World’s 50 Greatest Galleries.”  The Uffizi Gallery was placed first on the list. A team of 50 culture experts contributed to the The Times decision and differentiated a gallery from a museum stating that, “a gallery is considered to be a place […]

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An Afternoon Visit to the Frost Museum

Monday,April 22nd, 2013 posted by   N/A

Jose Manuel Ballester Da Vinci Last Supper

On April 20, 2013 Lisa Marie Browne, executive director of Friends of the Uffizi Gallery brought members and special guests to The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum in Miami for a private tour of the exhibit, José Manuel Ballester: Concealed Spaces with the show’s curator, Francine Birbragher, PhD. Ballester is an internationally recognized Spanish […]

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An Evening with The Fine Arts Conservancy

Monday,April 15th, 2013 posted by   N/A

Fine Arts Conservancy Friends of the Uffizi Gallery

On April 10, 2013, Friends of the Uffizi Gallery were given a private tour of The Fine Arts Conservancy in West Palm Beach with its founder and director, Gordon A. Lewis Jr., who also serves on the Friends’ advisory board. The facility is one of the world’s finest for the restoration and conservation of fine […]

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Amici Restore Three of the Oldest Works at Uffizi Gallery

Sunday,March 31st, 2013 posted by   N/A

Friends of the Uffizi Gallery

In March 2013 the Amici degli Uffizi presented to the press and public the restorations of three of the oldest works at the Uffizi Gallery, which were fully funded by their organization.  All three are wood panel paintings.  Two are crucifixes and the third is a diptych.  They were temporarily displayed during the month in […]

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“Offering of the Angels” Returns Home

Sunday,March 17th, 2013 posted by   N/A

Friends of the Uffizi Gallery Offering of the Angels

“A man who has not been in Italy is always conscious of inferiority, for not having seen what it is expected a man should see.” ~Samuel Johnson On Saturday, March 30, 2013, the exhibit “Offering of the Angels” will return to the Uffizi Gallery. The show toured four U.S. museums, beginning at the Museum of […]

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Mary Jo Zingale, Director of Operations, on the Friends of the Uffizi Gallery

Thursday,November 29th, 2012 posted by   N/A

Mary Jo Zingale Friends of the Uffizi Gallery

Tell us about yourself and any relevant information you’d like us to know about your involvement with the Friends, art or Italy. Mary Jo Zingale: In 1983,  my husband and I bought a large farm property just 18 miles northeast of Florence, in a suburb called Londa.   The main villa dates from the 1600′s and […]

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Memories of the 2010 Florentine Weekend

Thursday,May 31st, 2012 posted by   N/A

Florentine Weekend

The first Florentine Weekend was presented by Contessa Maria Vittoria Rimbotti, President of Friends of the Uffizy Gallery, in 2008. In 2010, we had the privilege to repeat this unforgettable experience.

The participating members included: Diann Scaravilli, Friends of the Uffizi Advisory Board Chairman, Mary Jo Zingale,[.....]

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“The Grieving Madonna” by Alessandro Allori

Thursday,May 31st, 2012 posted by   N/A

The Grieving Madonna with the Symbols of Christ

All art in civilization expresses the religious belief of societies—from the Egyptian statues to the Greek temples. The collapse of Rome and Byzantium paved the way for the rise of the Holy Roman Empire and the resurrection of Italy as the artistic powerhouse of western society, spearheaded by Medici patronage and the flourishing Italian economy. The visual arts finally began to accumulate prestige for the artist with the ascendancy of perspective [.....]

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Diann Scaravilli on the Apollo Restoration

Thursday,May 31st, 2012 posted by   N/A

Diann G. and Victor J. Scaravilli with the Statue of Apollo. Courtesy of the Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy © All Rights Reserved

The statue of Apollo, which dates to the second century A.D., was found by Leone Strozzi, a prominent solder, in 1553 on his property on the Esquiline Hill in Rome. He donated the work to Cardinal Ferdinando de’ Medici who placed it in the Monte Parnasa section of the gardens at his estate, Villa Medici, also in Rome. At that time, [.....]

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Offering of the Angels Tours United States

Saturday,May 12th, 2012 posted by   N/A

"Christ Served by the Angels," by Cristofano Allori (beginning of the 17th century), Oil on canvas Collection of the Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy © All Rights Reserved

In 2011, the Friends of the Uffizi Gallery played an integral role in bringing to the United States an exhibit of 45 significant artworks from the Uffizi Gallery. The exhibit, called “Offering of the Angels,” premiered in November 2011 at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale where it remained on view until April, 2012. From there, the exhibit has traveled to the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania where[.....]

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