FoUG in the News

Friends of the Uffizi Gallery has been written about extensively in the news in the United States and in Italy along with our sister organization, Amici degli Uffizi. Below you will find a listing with links to recent articles about our organization, our accomplishments and our mission. Please click on the title link to read the full article.

Palm Beach/Miami Social Diary Palm Beach/Miami Social Diary
New York Social Diary, February 19, 2014
“During the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art, and Antique Show, the Friends of Uffizi invited art historian and art dealer Robert Simon to illuminate their more than 125 guests on his fascinating research on rediscovering DaVinci’s “Salvator Mundi.”
Palm Beach ArtsPaper Friends of the Uffizi Gallery In the News Sculpture Gets a Helping Hand
Palm Beach ArtsPaper, October 20, 2013
“Veronica Atkins, widow of the Atkins Diet inventor, has made a $25,000 gift to the Friends of the Uffizi Gallery to restore the Apollo With Lyre sculpture that belongs to the collection of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy.”
ArtInfo Friends of the Uffizi Gallery In the News Moderni Mecenati al Servizio di Firenze
Il Sole 24 Ore, Agosto, 2013
“Dopo l’attentato all’Accademia dei Georgofili c’e stato un boom di partecipazione di privati all’associazione che sostiene il museo; 8mila iscritti, 112 restauri, una filiale in Florida.”
ArtInfo Friends of the Uffizi Gallery In the News 20th Anniversary of Uffizi Bombing, and “Amici degli Uffizi”
Secret History of Art on ArtInfo, June 19, 2013
“Under the leadership of Lisa Marie Browne, executive director since the organization’s founding, Friends of the Uffizi Gallery has grown outside of Florida, with events held in New York at Sotheby’s and in Nantucket, Cleveland and the Hamptons. “
Italian Tribune Friends of the Uffizi Gallery In the News A Look Back as the Amici degli Uffizi Celebrate Their 20th Anniversary
Italian Tribune, June 6, 2013
“In 2006, a sister nonprofit, Friends of the Uffizi Gallery, was created in Palm Beach, Florida. The Amici and Friends now work to jointly and singularly fund significant restoration and educational projects, such as the Uffizi’s new Michelangelo Room…”
ArtInfo Friends of the Uffizi Gallery In the News President of support group visits gallery
Palm Beach Daily News, March 6, 2013
“The reception took place Feb. 4 at the Wally Findlay Gallery and honored Contessa Maria Vittoria Rimbotti, president of the Amici degli Uffizi in Florence and its American counterpart, the American Friends of the Uffizi Gallery.”
ArtInfo Friends of the Uffizi Gallery In the News A Photoessay on Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show
MUSEUMVIEWS blog on ArtInfo, February 22, 2013
“Daniela di Lorenzo, Friends of the Uffizi Gallery at the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art and Antique Show 2013 – Frank J Cunningham for MUSEUMVIEWS.”
Friends of the Uffizi Gallery fund new Michelangelo Room
ArtDaily, February 15, 2013
“The Palm Beach-based nonprofit, Friends of the Uffizi Gallery, along with their sister organization in Italy, Amici degli Uffizi, have fully funded the new Michelangelo Room on the second floor of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy. The project included re-construction of the room, as well as the re-installation of a significant work by Michelangelo, “Tondo Doni,” and works by his contemporaries, as well as a sculpture that inspired him…”
A red (new) home for Michelangelo
Tuscany Arts, January 30, 2013
“The bright red walls of the room also host art works by other painters of the same period – Fra Bartolomeo, Mariotto Albertinelli, Andrea del Sarto, Franciabigio – while the monumental marble statue of Arianna (also known as Cleopatra) lies in the middle. The whole project has been funded by the Friends of the Uffizi Gallery and the Amici degli Uffizi organizations.”
Uffizi increases exhibition space by over a quarter in 2012
The Art Newspaper, January 29, 2013
“More space was also created when the display of works in the Michelangelo room was thematically reorganised. That project was funded by the Palm Beach-based non-profit organisation, Friends of the Uffizi Gallery, along with their sister organisation in Italy, Amici degli Uffizi…”
 Friends of the Uffizi Gallery Italian Tribune Restoring Italy’sTreasured Art
Italian Tribune, October 2012
“In 2006, Contessa Rimbotti further expanded the mission by helping to establish a U.S.-based sister organization, Friends of the Uffizi, a nonprofit headquartered in Palm Beach, Florida. The two organizations now work in tandem to raise funds and awareness in Italy and the U.S…“
  First American Exhibition of Works from the Uffizi Gallery at the Michener Art Museum
Italy Magazine (UK), May 1, 2012
“According to Uffizi Gallery director Antonio Natali, speaking live from Italy during a press conference at the Italian consulate in Philadelphia on the 12th of April, ‘these paintings are rarely seen because they are in the secret rooms of the Uffizi…’”
  The Artistic Passions of Peter Weller
South Florida Opulence, Spring 2012
“…Weller enthusiastic supporter, sitting on the Board of Advisors for the organization Friends of the Uffizi Gallery….he explains,’Some incredible Americans, Mary Jo Zingale and Lisa Marie Browne, are committed to restoring the beautiful gifts that Italy has given the world…'”
  Backstage with Botticelli
The Doylestown Patch, April 25, 2012
“This may be the last time many of the pieces are allowed to travel away from the Uffizi, Carioni said. Many of them had been in storage at the famous museum, but renovation projects underway now will create new galleries and spaces to display them when they return home…”
   ‘Offering of the Angels’ exhibit brings taste of Italy to Doylestown, Pa.
Lehigh Valley Live, April 23, 2012
“Katsiff says the collection includes oil paintings, paintings on copper and tile and tempura paintings from the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries. He says the paintings trace the life of Jesus Christ — reflective of a time when art and religion went hand-in-hand…”
  Sneak preview of “Offering of the Angels” at Michener Museum
Philadelphia Inquirer, April 20, 2012
“’The Uffizi is the world’s greatest museum for the study of Italian art,’ Ahl said. The museum, built by the Medicis in the 16th century, has thousands of works and not nearly enough space to display all of them. None of the paintings and tapestries in this exhibit have been displayed in public in Florence…'”
  Florida Exhibit Showcases Significant Renaissance Art
Art Districts, April/May 2012
“’Offering of the Angels’ transports the visitor to the historic realm in which artistic achievement arose from religious devotion and faith, a period of time that found God to be the center of the universe and professions, such as art, that spoke of his omniscience. It’s a journey of faith, and an inspiring journey at that…”
  Botticelli in Your Own BackyardClick here to download the PDF of this articleAmbassador: The Magazine of the National Italian American Foundation, Spring 2012“The exhibition made its transatlantic journey through the efforts of the Palm Beach-based nonprofit Friends of the Uffizi Gallery. The organization grew, promoting ‘the Medici family’s long-standing tradition for all of Florence and the world to enjoy its artistic treasures,’ says Lisa Marie Browne, its executive director…”
  Wings Over the Museum
Sun-Sentinel (South Florida),November 17, 2011
“Lisa Marie Browne, executive director of the Friends — who has done her own studies at the Uffizi — pronounces the exhibition ‘a dream come true. We’ve always wanted to bring a Uffizi exhibition to the museum in Fort Lauderdale…'”
Neapolitan Countess Talks Up Uffizi Museum at Sotheby’s Tonight

Bloomberg, January 26, 2010
“Friends of the Uffizi will share its mission with 150 guests attending a private Sotheby’s preview tonight. The works on display will include ‘Jupiter and Antiope’ by Hendrick Goltzius, with a high estimate of $12 million, and a Canaletto Venetian scene estimated to sell for as much as $2 million…”
  Contessa Helps to Restore Uffizi Gallery
Italian Tribune, May 7, 2009
“There are many newly restored works in the Uffizi Gallery thanks to the effort and financial support the Friends of the Uffizi Gallery has provided. Their current fundraising efforts are going to the Lacoon Restoration onsite at the Uffizi, under the keen eye of Director Antonio Natali…”
  Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy, sends a distinguished representative to Cleveland
Cleveland Sun, September 23, 2008
“Contessa Maria Vittoria Rimbotti, president of the international Amici degli Uffizi, or Friends of the Uffizi, spent four days in Cleveland and toured the Cleveland Museum of Art as part of an outreach mission to the U.S…“
  The Resilient Uffizi Gallery
Smithsonian, January 2008
“The resilience of the Uffizi is appropriate for the city that defied conventions and saw the birth of the Renaissance. ‘Every room is full of masterpieces, and together they chart, almost decade by decade, how the Renaissance developed,’ says Syracuse University professor Gary Radke, a specialist in Italian Renaissance art. ‘Spend time with the masterpieces, examine them closely and come back again…'”