Programs & Events

A Celebration of the Medici Collections

Thursday, May 18, 2006 to Monday, May 22, 2006

2006 Program_1

Program highlights include:

• A lecture on the Medici family in Florence and the creation of the Uffizi Gallery.

• Unveiling of Alessandro Allori's portrait of Ortensia dei Bardi di Montauto, a completed Friends of  Florence restoration project, in the Church of San Piero Scheraggio.

• A visit to the Palazzo Pitti and the Boboli gardens.

• A visit to the restoration laboratories of the Opificio delle Pietre Dure at the Fortezza da Basso.
2006 Program_3
• A day trip to Rome, which included: a visit to the Villa Medici and its gardens that were the home to the Niobe sculptural group for more than 200 years; a visit to Castel Sant'Angelo, once the mausoleum of Hadrian and later a fortress for the Popes, to view the Medici Papal Rooms; private visits to the Vatican Galleries and Sistine Chapel.

• A morning lecture on the development of architecture in Italy from the style of Arnolfo di Cambio to the Neo-Classical manifested in the Niobe Room of the Uffizi Gallery, followed by an architectural walk in Florence and visit to the Science Museum housing the Medici Collection of scientific instruments.

2006 Program_2• A private visit to the Medici Collection in the National Archeological Museum.

• A visit to the Benozzo Gozzoli chapel in the Medici Riccardi Palace.

• A visit to the Medici apartments and collections in Palazzo Vecchio.

• A press conference for the completed Friends of Florence Niobe restoration project in the Uffizi, followed by the unveiling of the Niobe Room and a private visit to the Uffizi Gallery.