Past Events



Following is information about Past Events for the Friends of the Uffizi Gallery, as well as photo galleries where applicable. Please check back for frequent updates to this page.

cocktail-300x132 Membership event at RoboVault, Ft. Lauderdale
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Cocktail Party and Lecture by Gordon A. Lewis, Jr.
The Uffizi Gallery – Against All Odds”
By Invitation Only
Friends of the Uffizi Gallery Fine Arts Conservancy An Evening with the Fine Arts Conservancy
April 30, 2014 | West Palm Beach, Florida
The Fine Arts Conservancy is a leading source for the fine and decorative arts and furniture conservation and restoration, museum framing, collection management, insurance claims and art appraisals. They will host a private reception and tour of their state-of-the-art facility for Friends of the Uffizi Gallery.
Friends of the Uffizi Gallery Palm Beach Boat Show 2014 Palm Beach Boat Show
March 21, 2014 | West Palm Beach, Florida
A private reception for Friends of the Uffizi Gallery members and special guests.
Friends of the Uffizi Gallery 2014 Brunch and Leonardo Lecture Annual Brunch & Leonardo Lecture
February 16, 2014 | Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show | West Palm Beach, Florida
Friends of the Uffizi Gallery held their annual luncheon with special guest and presenter, Robert B. Simon, PhD, who lectured on his discovery of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi” painting. Event partners included Robovault, Berlucchi, Joseph C. Raskauskas, Esq., Fine Arts Conservancy, Palm Beach Show Group, and South Florida Opulence magazine. Click here to view event photos.
Friends of the Uffizi Gallery 2014 Sailfish Club Luncheon Annual Members Luncheon & Meeting
February 7, 2013 | Palm Beach, Florida
Board members Daniela Di Lorenzo and Bruce Crawford hosted this private luncheon for the board of Friends of the Uffizi Gallery and special guests president Contessa Maria Vittoria Colonna Rimbotti and vice president Dottore Emanuele Guerra. Click here to view event photos.
Friends of the Uffizi Gallery 2014 Annual Luncheon and Meeting Luncheon with Contessa Rimbotti and Consul General of Italy in Miami
February 5, 2014 | Private Residence | Palm Beach, Florida
Friends of the Uffizi Gallery held their annual private member meeting and luncheon at a private Palm Beach home and honored president Contessa Maria Vittoria Colonna Rimbotti and special guest Adolfo Barattolo, Consul General to Italy in Miami. Click here to view event photos.
Friends of the Uffizi Gallery Veronica Atkins Event Veronica Atkins Private Cocktail Reception
February 3, 2014 | Private Residence | Palm Beach, Florida
Mrs. Veronica Atkins, whose foundation is funding the restoration of the Uffizi’s “Apollo with Lyre” statue, hosted a private event at her beautiful waterfront home to honor Contessa Maria Vittoria Colonna Rimbotti and members and special guests of Friends of the Uffizi Gallery. Click here to view event photos.
Friends of the Uffizi Gallery Italian Night at Lighthouse Art Center Jupiter Fl Italian Night at Lighthouse Arts Center
December, 2013 | Jupiter, Florida
The Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum & Gallery hosted a lecture that featured conservator Gordon Lewis, president and founder of the Fine Arts Conservancy and member of the board of directors of Friends of the Uffizi Gallery. Mr. Lewis lectured on the challenges that have been faced by the Uffizi Gallery throughout the years, including looting by the Nazis during World War II. He lectured to a standing-room only crowd.
Friends of the Uffizi Gallery Italian Art After Dark Norton Museum of Art Italian Art After Dark at the Norton
October 17, 2013 | West Palm Beach, Florida
Friends of the Uffizi Gallery partnered with the Norton Museum of Art to present an Italian-themed Art After Dark event. During the evening, guest’s enjoyed Italian music, art, food, wine and song. Lisa Marie Browne, executive director of Friends of the Uffizi Gallery and Gordon Lewis, board member and founder of the Fine Arts Conservancy, provided lectures on the Italian Renaissance and the Uffizi Gallery. Both lectures were full to capacity.
Friends of the Uffizi Gallery Tour of the Frost Museum of Art Past Events Tour of the Frost Museum of Art
April 20, 2013 | Miami, Florida
Friends of the Uffizi Gallery were given a private tour of the exhibit, “José Manuel Ballester: Concealed Spaces” with the show’s curator Francine Birbragher-Rozencwaig, PhD. Prize-winning Spanish photographer José Manuel Ballester (Madrid, 1960 -) is known for his large-scale works that are connected by key concepts such as space, light and time. Many use historical images associated with the old masters that are deconstructed to become current comments on the world of art. Click to view event photos on our Facebook page.
Fine Arts Conservancy Tour Friends of the Uffizi Gallery Past Events An Evening with the Fine Arts Conservancy
April 10, 2013 | West Palm Beach, Florida
The Fine Arts Conservancy is a leading source for the fine and decorative arts and furniture conservation and restoration, museum framing, collection management, insurance claims and art appraisals. They hosted a private reception and tour of their state-of-the-art facility for members of the Friends of the Uffizi Gallery. Click to read more about this event and to view event photos on our blog.
Annual Brunch Friends of the Uffizi Gallery Past Events Annual Friends of the Uffizi Gallery Brunch
February 17, 2013 | West Palm Beach, Florida
Friends of the Uffizi Gallery hosted their annual brunch at and during the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antiques Show. Gordon Lewis of the Fine Arts Conservancy lectured on, “Against All Odds: the Dark Side of Man, The Forces of Nature and the Uffizi Gallery” and Frank Cerabino performed on the fisarmonica. The brunch was made possible by the generous donation of member Joseph Raskauskus.
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Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antiques Show Friends of the Uffizi Gallery Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antiques Show
February 15-19, 2013 | West Palm Beach, FL
Friends of the Uffizi Gallery participated as one of the main charity partners for the annual Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antiques Show. This prestigious annual fair features the collections of more than 180 renowned international dealers and attracts tens of thousands of private collectors, museum curators, investors and interior designers.
Wally Findlay Galleries Friends of the Uffizi Gallery Private Cocktail Reception
Wally Findlay Galleries | Palm Beach, Florida
James R. Borynack of Wally Findlay Galleries hosted Friends of the Uffizi Gallery board members and special guests at a private reception held in his Palm Beach gallery.
2013 Annual Meeting Friends of the Uffizi Gallery Past Events Annual Members Meeting and Luncheon
February 6, 2013 | Palm Beach, FL | Private Residence
Friends of the Uffizi Gallery held their annual meeting and luncheon at a private home in Palm Beach.
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Maria Vittoria Colonna Rimbotti Friends of the Uffizi Gallery Annual Lecture
February 5, 2013 | Coral Gables Museum | Coral Gables, FL
Friends of the Uffizi Gallery partnered with Società Dante Alighieri in Miami to present a lecture with Contessa Maria Vittoria Colonna Rimbotti. The Contessa’s lecture was called, “Patronage of the Arts from the Medici to the Friends of the Uffizi Gallery” and it was about the Renaissance and Baroque art and rich history of Italy’s Uffizi Gallery. Over 100 people attended this event.
Italian Consul General Italy Miami Friends of the Uffizi Gallery Private Luncheon with Italian Consul General
February 5, 2013 | Miami, FL
The Honorable Adolfo Barattolo and Signora Barattolo hosted Contessa Maria Vittoria Colonna Rimbotti and the Friends of the Uffizi Gallery at a private luncheon in their beautiful waterside home.
Norton-Museum Friends of the Uffizi Gallery Art After Dark Italian Night
January 24, 2013 | 5-9pm
Norton Museum of Art | West Palm Beach, Florida
Friends of the Uffizi Gallery partnered with the Norton Museum of Art to present an Italian-themed event to celebrate the 2013 “Year of Italian Culture” in the U.S. The evening included Italian food and wine, an introductory Italian language lesson and special performances by the Palm Beach Opera and Frank Cerabino on the fisarmonica.
2012-Florentine-Weekend Third Annual Florentine Weekend
Florence, Italy | October , 2012
Contessa Maria Vittoria Colonna Rimbotti hosted this exclusive, member’s only cultural weekend that included luncheons and dinners at her private villa, behind-the-scenes tours of the Uffizi Gallery and additional tours of historic and artistic centers in the City of Florence. Click for more info
Friends of the Uffizi Gallery Past Events Private Luncheon
Arturo’s Ristorante of Boca Raton, FL | October, 2012
Friends of the Uffizi Gallery hosted a private luncheon with special guest, Signore Adolfo Barattolo, Consul General of Italy in Miami for members and special friends prior to the 2012 Florentine Weekend.
Palazzo-Tuornobuoni Palazzo Tornabuoni Lecture
Florence, Italy | 2012
Contessa Maria Vittoria Colonna Rimbotti was invited to this historic and exclusive club to speak to their members about the important work done by the Friends of the Uffizi Gallery.
Art-Conservation-Discussion-2012 Art Conservation Discussion
Palm Beach, FL | March 6, 2012
A tour of the Fine Arts Conservancy’s Palm Beach studio and discussion with art conservation experts about their process and tools. Click for more info
Feb-2012-Annual-Meeting-and-luncheon Annual Member’s Meeting & Luncheon
Palm Beach, FL | February, 2012
The annual member’s meeting and luncheon was an opportunity for the Friends to reflect on the past year’s accomplishments and to discuss their goals for the future. Click for more info
Feb-10-2012-Board-Lunch Board of Director’s Luncheon
Palm Beach, FL | February 10, 2012
A board luncheon held at a private Palm Beach club and hosted by Daniela Di Lorenzo and Bruce Crawford.
Magic of the Medici Lecture “The Magic of the Medici” Lecture
Palm Beach, FL | February 9, 2012
Contessa Maria Vittoria Colonna Rimbotti spoke at the Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach on the wonders of the Uffizi Gallery and its patron family the Medicis. Click for more info
Nov 2011 Offering of the Angels “Offering of the Angels” Opening Reception
Fort Lauderdale, FL | November 17, 2011
Contessa Maria Vittoria Colonna Rimbotti and Dottore Manuel Guerra spoke at the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art’s opening recepetion for this exhibit, the first museum of four as part of a national tour of 45 restored artworks on loan from the Uffizi Gallery. Click for more info
Feb-6-2011-Cocktail-party Cocktail Reception
Palm Beach, FL | February 6, 2011
Lisa Marie Conte Browne and Mary Jo Zingale hosted this Palm Beach cocktail party.
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Feb-5-2011-Farewell-Lunch Board of Directors Farewell Luncheon
Palm Beach, FL | February 5, 2011
Daniela Di Lorenzo and Bruce Crawford hosted the Board of Directors for a luncheon at the Palm Beach Yacht Club to bid farewell to Contessa Maria Vittoria Rimbotti and Dottore Manuel Guerra at the close of their annual winter visit to Palm Beach. Also in attendance were Lisa Marie Browne, Executive Director, Danielle Amato-Milligan, Diana Bell, Diann Scaravilli, Holly Hadley, Rebecca Dunn, Gordon Lewis and Director of Operations Mary Jo Zingale.
FW-2010-Group Second Annual Florentine Weekend
Florence, Italy | October, 2010
Contessa Maria Vittoria Colonna Rimbotti hosted board and members for a special weekend that included dinners and lunches in historic villas and special behind-the-scenes tours of the Uffizi Gallery and other cultural sites throughout the city.
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Nantucket-Aug-2010 Nantucket Garden Luncheon
Nantucket, MA | August 5, 2010
This event was organized with the Nantucket Historical Society during their annual Antique Show at the home of Rick and Marie Wackenhut.
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April-2010-Northern-Trust-Event Lecture & Cocktail Event
Palm Beach, FL | April 13, 2010
Hosted by Northern Trust Bank
Mike Bracci, Northern Trust Bank Regional President, hosted this event at their company’s Royal Palm Way corporate office.
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Palm-Beach-View Annual Member’s Meeting & Luncheon
Palm Beach, FL | February 4, 2010
A perfect setting for the Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Uffizi Gallery was the beautiful Palm Beach home of Mrs. Patrick Parker. Guests sipped and dined in the courtyard and covered canopy of the pillared, flower-filled terrace as President Maria Vittoria Colonna Rimbotti and VP Manuel Guerra welcomed guests and members.
Board-of-Directors-Lunch-Feb-2010 Board of Directors Luncheon
Palm Beach, FL | February 3, 2010
Board of Directors Treasurer, Bruce Crawford and Secretary of the Advisory Board, Daniela Di Lorenzo, hosted a beautiful luncheon at the Palm Beach Yacht Club for the board of directors. Karen McGarry, Diana M. Bell, Mary Jo Zingale, Lisa Marie Browne, Helen H. Abell, Dr. Manuel Guerra and Rebecca Dunn were all present.
Club-Colette Dinner & Lecture
Palm Beach, FL | February 1, 2010
Hosted by U.S. Trust, Palm Beach
John Domenico and Ellen Clarke of US Trust, Bank of America, Private Wealth Management greeted special guests and members of the Friends of the Uffizi Gallery during a private dinner at beautiful Club Colette. Honored Guests included Dr. Manuel Guerra, VP of the Friends of the Uffizi Gallery and Contessa Maria Vittoria Colonna Rimbotti. Gordon Lewis, President of the Fine Arts Conservancy, lectured on the history of the Uffizi Gallery.
Sothebys-Event-Jan-26-2010 Sotheby’s Event
New York, NY | January 26, 2010
An exclusive event organized by Sotheby’s and held in their private dining room during Old Masters Week to honor the Friends of the Uffizi Gallery.
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Jan-25-2010-Felidia-NYC-Event Dinner at Felidia
New York, NY | January 25, 2010
Friends of the Uffizi Gallery Executive Director, Lisa Marie Conte Browne hosted this dinner for the Friends at Lidia Bastianich’s renowned NYC restaurant. Click for more info
Feb-15-2009-Annual-Brunch Annual Brunch & Lecture
Palm Beach, FL | February 15, 2009
Annual luncheon held during the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antiques Show. Click for more info
Club-Colette Luncheon & Lecture
Palm Beach, FL | February 13, 2009
Sponsored by National City Bank
Club Colette in Palm Beach, Florida was the setting for an elegant luncheon organized and sponsored by National city Bank for their private clients and members of the Friends of the Uffizi Gallery. Distinguished guest speakers included Bill Besch, Honorable Anne-Imelda Radice, Robert Koo and Contessa Maria Vittoria Colonna Rimbotti.
FW-2008-Group Inaugural Florentine Weekend
Florence, Italy | October, 2008
Contessa Maria Vittoria Colonna Rimbotti hosted a weekend of activities in Florence to welcome and honor the American donors that support the Friends of the Uffizi Gallery. Click for more info
Sep-22-2008-Baricelli-Inn Luncheon at Baricelli Inn
Cleveland, OH | September 22, 2008
A private luncheon hosted by Mary Jo Zingale, Director of Operations for the Friends of the Uffizi Gallery, at Baricelli Inn in Cleveland, Ohio.
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Diann-Scaravilli-2012 Northern Trust Event
Cleveland, OH | September, 2008
Showcasing the wonderful hospitality of the beautiful homes in Cleveland, Diann Scaravilli, Chairman of the Advisory Board and Northern Trust of Cleveland hosted a group of members and supporters in Scaravilli’s Pepper Pike home. Contessa Maria Vittoria Colonna Rimbotti spoke to the guests about the history of the Uffizi Gallery.
Nov-7-2007-Boca-Raton-Event Inaugural Event – Lecture & Cocktails
November 7, 2007 | Boca Raton, FL
Hosted by Northern Trust Bank
A private luncheon and lecture hosted by Liska Langston of Northern Trust Bank.
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Nov-6-2007 Inaugural Event – Cocktail Party & Lecture
November 6, 2007 | North Palm Beach, FL
Hosted by Northern Trust Bank
A private cocktail reception and presentation about the Italian Renaissance, held at a private home, to introduce the newly formed Friends of the Uffizi Gallery to the Palm Beach community.
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US-Trust-2007-Event-B Inaugural Event – Luncheon & Lecture
Hosted by U.S. Trust, Palm Beach
November 5, 2007 | Boca Raton, FL
Ellen Clarke welcomed members and guests for a private luncheon at Boca Raton’s Ruth’s Chris Restaurant including Antonio Natali, Director of the Uffizi Gallery, Contessa Maria Vittoria Colonna Rimbotti, President of the Friends of the Uffizi Gallery, Dr. Manuel Guerra, VP, Friends of the Uffizi Gallery and Dr. Patrizia Asproni, Secretary of the Amici degli Uffizi.
US-Trust-2007-Event-A Inaugural Event – Dinner & Lecture
Palm Beach, FL | November 4, 2007
Hosted by U.S. Trust, Palm Beach
Ellen Clark graciously invited guests to a private dinner and lecture on “The Art and Passion of the Italian Renaissance.” Guest speakers included Antonio Natali, Director of the Uffizi Gallery, Contessa Maria Vittoria Colonna Rimbotti, Dr. Manuel Guerra, VP of the Friends of the Uffizi Gallery and Dr. Patrizia Asproni, Secretary of the Amici degli Uffizi.