Programs & Events

Donatello: The Renaissance of Sculpture

Thursday, October 16, 2008 to Monday, October 20, 2008

Highlights included:
• A lecture by Dr. John Paoletti, program historian, on Donatello and Florence at the beginning of the 1400s. 

• A day trip to Siena to view Donatello artworks and related works by Jacopo della Quercia and other artists.

• A private visit to the Bargello Museum in Florence followed by Cocktails and Dinner.

• A morning visit to Baptistry and the Opera del Duomo, followed by a visit to Santa Croce to view works by Donatello. 

• A private visit of Orsanmichele and San Lorenzo and dinner at Palazzo Frescobaldi, hosted by Friends of Florence Board Members Marchesa Rosaria and Marchese Ferdinando Frescobaldi. 

• A day trip to Padova to visit the Gattamelata equestrian statue and other artworks, followed by lunch at Antico Brolo.

• A visit to the Scrovegni Chapel and Church of Sant’Antonio.

• A visit to Villa Emo, near Monselice and designed by Palladio, followed by cocktails and dinner hosted by Countess Emo Capodilista. 

• A visit to Prato to view the Cathedral and various artworks.  

• A viewing of the restoration of Rustici’s The Sermon of St. John the Baptist bronze group, a Friends of Florence project. 

• Lunch in Palazzo Antinori. 

• A private visit to the Uffizi Gallery, including a visit viewing of the Tribune, currently under restoration as Friends of Florence’s 10th Anniversary Project.