Michelangelo and His Revolutionary Legacy

Exploring the Path of Del Sarto, Pontormo, and Rosso Fiorentino Below is an essay written by Beth Fagan, a member of Friends of Florence’s Council of Academic Advisors and a 2015 June Program participant. Traveling with Friends of Florence:  Discovering Michelangelo’s Legacy Private visits to the world’s most famous works of art.  Meals that set […]

Caravaggio: The Artist, the Man and his Times

Following the Path of Caravaggio Our very special October 5-13, 2014 program followed the life of Caravaggio from Rome, to Florence, then back to Rome, Naples, and Sicily. Our historians were William Wallace and Bill Cook. Below is a travelogue shared by program participant Beth Fagan: Chasing Caravaggio … with Friends of Florence Just imagine […]

Special Treasures of Tuscany VI – The World of Leonardo

Our sixth winter program explored the world of Leonardo da Vinci.  ITINERARY Friday, February 15th Welcome and lecture at the Hotel Lungarno with Dr. Bill Cook and Dr. Ross King, followed by a visit to a series of Annunciations and Last Supper cycles,  including those at S Apollonia, Fuligno, Santo Spirito, San Salvi, and Piazza […]

Special Treasures of Tuscany VII – The Age of Dante and Giotto

Our 7th winter program explored the era of Giotto and Dante.  Ross King and Bill Cook were our program historians. ITINERARY Friday, February 14th Morning welcome session with lecture, The Age of Dante and Giotto, by Bill Cook and Ross King in the Sala delle Muse in Palazzo Tornabuoni. Visits to sites during the day related […]

Michelangelo: The Artist, the Man and his Times

Our Spring 2013 program, Michelangelo: The Artist, the Man and his Times, featuring Dr. William Wallace, took place from May 16th-21st.  The trip began in Rome with a private visit to the Vatican Galleries and Sistine Chapel, which was marking its 500th anniversary.  The program concluded in Florence with a private dinner at the feet of […]

Competition and Collaboration in the Early Renaissance: Ghiberti and Brunelleschi

This program celebrated the completion of Friends of Florence’s 10th Anniversary restoration project, the Tribune in the Uffizi. ITINERARY Thursday, June 21st Welcome meeting at the Sala Dante at the Hotel St. Regis in Florence, followed by a lecture, Competition and Collaboration in the Early Renaissance, by Professor Gary Radke, our program historian. A private visit […]

Aspen in Florence

An Aspen Institute seminar in cooperation with Friends of Florence. Since 2007, Friends of Florence has partnered with the Aspen Institute to create and organize three-day programs highlighting the Renaissance for the December session of their Arts and Ideas Seminar series in Aspen, Colorado. In 2011, Aspen came to Florence.  Each day of the program […]

Springtime in Florence and Tuscany

A private program organized for the Art Institute of Chicago Friends of Florence developed a fully-subscribed special program for the Art Institute of Chicago to offer their Sustaining Fellows. The primary historian for the program was Eve Straussman-Pflanzer, the Art Institute’s Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Associate Curator of Medieval to Modern European Painting […]

The Venetian and Florentine Masters: An Exchange of Views

Program in Venice and Florence While in Venice, highlights included: • A lecture by Professor Loren Partridge, Program historian, titled The Impact of Florentine Renaissance Art & Architecture on Venetian Renaissance Art & Architecture • Dinner at Harry’s Bar. • A visit to the Piazza and Piazzetta of San Marco, with emphasis on the Porta della […]