ExpiredPalazzo Tornabuoni | Florence, Italy

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  • 22 May, 2017
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


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.


Palazzo Tornabuoni



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 1995 he was awarded a Florence Fellowship by Syracuse University where he continued his art historical studies at a graduate level. He has lived in Florence for the past seventeen years teaching for various American universities including Syracuse, Kent. St., Vanderbilt and Boston College.

Prof. Ruggiero specializes in Early Renaissance Architecture, although he has lectured on subjects ranging from ancient art and architecture through the Italian Baroque. He starred in various TV documentaries including the History Channel series “Engineering an Empire: Da Vinci’s World” episode as an expert witness, as well as a PBS program on the architecture of Brunelleschi “Great Cathedral Mystery”, etc..

He also shares his knowledge and love of Florentine art as an 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.