UpcomingFundraiser for Friends of the Uffizi Gallery

  • Friends of the Uffizi Gallery
    16 February, 2019
    12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Arturo's Restaurant, Boca Raton FL

Event Details


“THE MEDICI DYNASTY: POWER AND PATRONAGE IN RENAISSANCE ITALY” LECTURE AND LUNCHEON
 
The Medici family was one of the longest lasting dynasties in history. From relatively modest beginnings, the Florentine family became one of the most wealthy and powerful in Europe. As bankers to some of Europe’s most important rulers, including the Pope, the Medici had a very a strong influence on the geo-politics of their time. But perhaps their most enduring legacy is that as patrons of the arts. Florentine artists such as Donatello, Brunelleschi, Botticelli and Michelangelo all developed under and enjoyed Medici largesse. The art of the Renaissance had become the visual political language of the Medici, and it was clearly a language of power.

After the lecture, you will enjoy a traditional 3-course Italian lunch from the famous Arturo’s Restaurant. You will also taste wines chosen to perfectly pair with the meal.
 
Cost: $75.00/person
Proceeds will go to the non-profit organization Friends of the Uffizi Gallery.
 
TO REGISTER FOR THE EVENT, PLEASE CONTACT FRIENDS OF THE UFFIZI GALLERY:
info@friendsoftheuffizigallery.org
(561)289-4090

 

Location

Arturo’s Restaurant

Lecturer

Rocky Ruggiero, Ph.D. – ART HISTORY PROFESSOR

rocky Rocky Ruggiero is originally from Providence, RI. He is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross where he majored in Art History and Pre- Medicine. In 1996 he was awarded a Florence Fellowship by Syracuse University where he continued his art historical studies at a graduate level in Florence, Italy, and later received his Ph.D. in Art History and Visual Culture from the University of Exeter, UK. He lived in Florence for the past twenty years teaching for various American universities including Syracuse, Kent. State, Vanderbilt, Boston College, as well as Jay Pritzker Academy Summer Program in Florence.
In 2015, Ruggiero and his family moved to East Greenwich, RI and now divides his time between the US and Italy. In the US, Cultural Programs offer specialised lectures in art and architectural history, cultural events and educational seminars throughout the US.
Ruggiero starred in various TV documentaries concerning the Italian Renaissance including the History Channel series “Engineering an Empire: Da Vinci’s World” episode as an expert witness and “Museum Secrets: The Uffizi Gallery”, as well as the recent NatGeo/NOVA PBS program on the architecture of Brunelleschi “Great Cathedral Mystery”.
Prof. Ruggiero specializes in Early Renaissance Architecture, although he has lectured on subjects ranging from ancient art and architecture through the Italian Baroque.
He also shares his knowledge and love of Florentine art as an academic advisory board member of the non- profit group “Friends of Florence” which has raised funds for the restoration of various works of art throughout the city.