Fra Angelico’s Annunciation, Prado Museum

Friends of Florence and The American Friends of The Prado are pleased to jointly undertake the funding of the restoration of Fra Angelico’s masterpiece, The Annunciation, at The Prado’s renowned restoration laboratory in Madrid.  Work began in 2018. The altarpiece was painted for the Monastery of Santo Domenico in Fiesole, in the hills above Florence. The Archangel Gabriel’s Annunciation to […]

Restoration of a Bronzino Painting

Agnolo Bronzino (1503‒72), Immaculate Conception (1570‒2) from the Church of Santa Maria Regina della Pace. Incorporating biblical figures from the Old and New Testament, Bronzino’s Immaculate Conception was among the artist’s last works. Left unfinished, it was completed by his workshop. Infrared examination revealed the preparatory drawing placed on the wood panels and outlines of the figures stippled and […]

‘Medici Vase’ – Medici Collection of Antiquities, Uffizi Gallery

The huge Neo-Attic krater known as the Medici Vase has been restored and is again on display in the Uffizi. The restoration was made possible thanks to the generosity of the Friends of Florence Foundation. The restoration of the Medici Vase is a project that brought us enormous satisfaction because the work we financed made […]

Cloister of the Vows – Santissima Annunziata

MAJOR RESTORATION PROJECT AT THE BASILICA OF THE SANTISSIMA ANNUNZIATA, FLORENCE COMPLETED BY FRIENDS OF FLORENCE Renaissance frescoes and artwork by Florentine masters restored in the Cloister of the Vows Cloister of the Vows, Basilica of the Santissima Annunziata, Florence, Italy (after restoration) Washington, DC…Friends of Florence and its partners celebrate the completion of a […]

New Preservation Partnership With Save Venice

New Partnership Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Devasting 1966 Floods In 2016, Friends of Florence and Save Venice Inc. sponsored the conservation treatment of a group of 48 drawings by the Venetian artist Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1692–1770), held in the Horne Museum of Florence. Forty-four of the drawings are bound in an album and an additional four from the same album are mounted […]

Domenico Ghirlandaio’s ‘Last Supper’ Fresco – Badia a Passignano

Renaissance Art Rescued in Chianti Classico A 15th-century Last Supper painted by Renaissance master Domenico Ghirlandaio (1449-1494) returned to public view in Tuscany on December 17, 2015 for the first time in a decade due to the collaboration of Friends of Florence and an Italian winemaking family, and Italian cultural authorities and conservation experts. Restoration of the 540-year-old […]

Luca Della Robbia’s Madonna and Child

Friends of Florence is funded the restoration of Luca Della Robbia’s Madonna and Child from the Oratory of San Tommaso Aquino in Florence. The work was completed in time to be featured in the Della Robbia: Sculpting with Color in Renaissance Florence exhibition, which is currently at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston through December 4th. The exhibit […]