2012 Florence, Italy: This year is the 500th anniversary of the death of Amerigo Vespucci (1454-1512).
Amerigo Vespucci, the man after whom America was named, was born in Florence, Italy and was an explorer, navigator and cartographer.
To mark the 500th anniversary of his death, a series of events and exhibitions around Florence are being held.
The festivities are being supported by the Comune di Firenze, the Florence Chamber of Commerce and American Consulate in Florence, the Amerigo & America committee and several American groups in Florence such as the American International League Onlus, Y.A.W.N. (Young AngloWomen’s Network), and AACUPI (Association of American College and University Programs in italy).
One great exhibition being held is the American Contemporary Art in Florence, open from 5th-11th May at the Palagio di Parte Guelfa (near Piazza Repubblica).
This exhibit in Florence will showcase the work of resident American artists from three women’s groups: Young Anglo Women’s Network, the American International League of Florence and the Women’s International Network, displaying paintings, drawings, photographs, sculpture and other mediums.
With the official support of the Comune di Firenze, this event will also include a display of a series of photos taken by local American photographers that will be donated to a hospital in New Orleans, and to a rehabilitation center in Florence through the Healing Photo Art Foundation headed by Elaine Poggi.
We at Artviva will be there with bells on, as several exhibiting artists are our expert art historian/artist guides for our small-group Florence tours!
To experience the highlights of Florence with an expert tour guide, we have our Original Florence Walk tour.
Experience the Uffizi Gallery with one of our great guides to see some of the most precious artworks in the world, as painted by some of the greatest artists in history. And who could forget Michelangelo’s David – a must-see in Florence.