I had been to the Uffizi once before, during a tour of Italy, and was fascinated by its rich history, and the beautiful, important art it houses. In 2012 I was invited to attend a lecture that Lisa Marie Browne was presenting at the Norton Museum of Art. I was immediately impressed by Lisa Marie’s historical knowledge of the Uffizi, her enthusiasm, and her commitment to further the incredible work being done by the Friends of the Uffizi, to raise funds for masterpieces in need of restoration. I walked up to her after the lecture and said, “How do I become involved?”
First and foremost, I truly believe in the mission of this organization. Through the strong,
visionary leadership of Countess Maria Vittoria Colona Rimbotti, along with Lisa Marie’s flawless execution of the Board’s strategic plan, and the commitment of its members and donors; Friends has experienced tremendous growth and success. I have had so many incredible personal experiences and made so many wonderful friends through my Friends membership. I have been able to participate in events, educational opportunities, and unique trips which afford opportunities that are simply unavailable to the general public.
Being a part of Friends of the Uffizi, and specifically, being a Leonardo Member has given me an opportunity to make a personal contribution and leave a legacy which is forever intertwined with the artist himself. I had a very personal connection to the work I selected for restoration…it felt as if the work selected me!
I own a fine art services business! We support some of the most prolific collectors in South Florida, along with galleries, museums, and major art fairs! Through the Friends organization, I have developed a much stronger commitment to protecting historical and cultural works that have survived the centuries – despite both environmental challenges and man-made attempts to destroy them. These are part of our universal heritage. They are irreplaceable and it is up to us to preserve them.
There are so many things that I look forward to about the Florentine Weekend! The friendships and comradery, the truly unique social and educational experiences (like a private dinner with “David”!) Witnessing works of art in the process of being restored and meeting the truly amazing experts who restore them. The Botticelli room always takes my breath away!
Of course, there is the food and shopping! Walking along the streets of Florence and following the footsteps of the greatest Masters is always a “pinch me” moment!