Michelangelo’s Pieta, Opera Del Duomo

The Pietà by Michelangelo housed in the Opera del Duomo in Florence, or the Bandini Pietà, is undergoing restoration work that began on November 23, 2019, and finishing in the summer of 2020. The public will be able to see all the stages of the restoration thanks to a specially designed “open” work site in the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo where […]

Palazzo Vecchio Bronzino Portrait Laura Battiferri

Restoration of Agnolo Bronzino’s 1552 portrait of Laura Battiferri, an eminent poet, intellect, and dear friend of the artist, has been completed.  The painting in the holdings of the Museo di Palazzo Vecchio was restored for the exhibition The Medici: Portraits and Politics 1512-1570 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (June 26 – October 11, 2021), […]

Juno Terrace and Verrocchio’s Putto with a Dolphin

The Juno Terrace, adjacent to the Rooms of the Elements (Quartiere degli Elementi) in the Palazzo Vecchio Museum, has been restored and reunited with Andrea del Verrocchio’s Putto with a Dolphin. Both the Terrace and Putto were restored thanks to funding from the Friends of Florence Foundation. The Putto was featured in the 2019 exhibition […]

Santa Croce and the Friends of Florence complete restoration of Freedom of Poetry, Pio Fedi’s Monument to Giovanni Battista Niccolini

Santa Croce Pio Fedi Statue: Freedom of Poetry in conjunction with the Ellis Island Project for the Statue of Liberty Florence, September 10, 2019 – The Opera di Santa Croce and the Friends of Florence Foundation collaborated with the Soprintendenza Archeologia, Belle Arti e Paesaggio, to restore the Freedom of Poetry, Pio Fedi’s (1816‒1892) stunning monument […]

S Apostoli Tabernacle of the Sacrament by Andrea della Robbia

Following meticulous restoration over three months, the Tabernacle of the Eucharist (1512) by Andrea della Robbia (1435‒1525) with his son Giovanni (1469‒1529) in the church of SS. Apostoli in Florence has been restored, revealing a masterwork of glazed terracotta. The restoration, funded by the Friends of Florence Foundation, was performed by Francesca Rossi under the […]

Miracolo dell’Ossessa, Church of Santa Felicità

This project won the IV Friends of Florence Restoration Prize in 2016 that was dedicated to artworks that were damaged by flood, terrorism, war and other disasters. The painting was in the church of Santa Felicità near to Ponte Vecchio and when our restoration started it was still covered by the flood from 50 years […]

Medici Gem Collection – National Archeological Museum of Florence

The National Archeological Museum of Florence is home to one of the world’s most extensive and important collections of ancient gems and cameos, collected by the Medici and Lorena over several centuries. Begun by Cosimo il Vecchio in 1389, continued by Lorenzo il Magnifico (1449-1492), and enlarged by Ferdinando I at the end of the […]

High Altar Ciborium- of the Basilica of San Miniato al Monte

Friends of Florence is working on the restoration of elements of a church in Florence: San Miniato. Various Board members from Friends of Florence have elected to fund a restoration of an element. The Basilica of San Miniato al Monte is situated on one of Florence’s highest hills, and has been described as the finest Romanesque structure in […]