UpcomingFriends of the Uffizi Gallery

Price Qty

  • Friends of the Uffizi Gallery
    15 February, 2019
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Boca Raton, FL

Event Details

“Renaissance Pleasure Palaces” by Rocky Ruggiero, Ph.D.
One of the ancient Roman traditions that was revived in Renaissance Italy was the building of sub-urban villas. Like their Roman ancestors, Renaissance Italians used these structures for delectation and delight; and as havens from the pressures and anxiety of urban life. But, also like their ancestors, Renaissance villas became hubs for debauchery and hedonism – veritable Renaissance Playboy mansions.
Two of the best preserved of these villas are the Villa Farnesina (originally owned by the Chigi family) and the Villa Borghese, both of which are in Rome. The extraordinary art which has adorned these structures for the past five centuries serves as testimony to the often-lascivious revelry that ensued within them. From Raphael’s celebrated fresco of Galatea, to Giulio Romano’s erotic Loggia of Psyche in the Farnesina; to Bernini’s breathtaking mythological statues of Apollo and Daphne and Pluto and Persephone in the Borghese, the nature of the art clearly reflects the intentions of its patrons.
This symposium will explore the history, practices, traditions, and art of perhaps the two most beautiful and well-preserved of Renaissance villas – the Villa Farnesina and Villa Borghese in Rome – and how they reflected their society and times.

– 4 Hours of Lecture and Luncheon is included
– Limited to 30 people
– Location: private residence in Boca Raton’s Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club (address will be provided after registration)



Palm Beach FL


Rocky Ruggiero, Ph.D. – Founder and 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.