The “Renaissance” project: Florence Museums told by their Directors

Special online visits to Museums in Florence: an invitation to learn about their history and

artworks through live presentations by prominent art historians.


From the Opera di S. Maria del Fiore Museum

Saturday June 19th, 8:00 A.M.

Mgr. Timothy Verdon:“The Reason for Being and the Setting up”


Saturday June 26th, 8:00 A.M.

Prof. Antonio Natali: “Humanism in the Opera Museum”

From the San Marco Museum

Saturday September 11th, 9:00 A.M.

Dr. Stefano Casciu: " A journey through the Museums of Florence in the name of the Medici "

Saturday September 18th, 9:00 A.M.

Dr. Angelo Tartuferi: “The San Marco Museum in Florence, between past and future”


From the Palazzo Medici Riccardi Museum

Saturday November 27th, 8:00 A.M.

Dr. Valentina Zucchi: “Palazzo Medici Riccardi, from the Renaissance to us”

Date to be determined, 8:00 A.M.

Prof. Cristina Acidini: “The Medici and the Arts in 15th-century Florence.”


Mgr. Verdon's live streaming lecture from the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo in Florence


Mgr.Verdon’s live stream conference broadcasted at Ningbo, China, in a hall of the Art Museum


On Saturday June the 19th Zhong Art International launched with great success the new project conceived by the President Xiuzhong Zhang for 2021, "Renaissance - Florence Museums told by their Directors" with the first online session. This is an initiative in favour of the Museums of Florence, created during the pandemic and aimed at stimulating interest in the city and attracting, in addition to experts in the field, an audience of potential visitors, tour operators, journalists and bloggers from China, with the intention of reviving the many activities related to the enjoyment of artistic heritage in its context and contributing to the recovery of the local economy. The project has been implemented in cooperation with the Department of International Relations of the City of Ningbo, the Ningbo Art Museum, the Pan Tianshou School of Architecture, Art and Design of Ningbo University and the Department of International Communication of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences of Nottingham Ningbo University. Born also from the fact that Florence and Ningbo signed a Friendship Pact in 2008, the initiative is held under the patronage of both cities.


Mgr. Timothy Verdon’s lecture in progress from the Museum’s Sala Paradiso


Antonio Natali enjoying a break with Xiuzhong Zhang during his session in the Sala Paradiso


The brilliant presentations and insights proposed by Monsignor Timothy Verdon, Antonio Natali, Stefano Casciu and Angelo Tartuferi received warm appreciation from the public and positive feedback from TV commentators and journalists from various Chinese media. In addition to the Ningbo Museum, the sessions were broadcasted by Artron (https://m.artron.net), China's largest platform dedicated to the Arts, and a number of viewers connected individually from all over China.


Stefano Casciu listening to questions from the audience at Ningbo Museum


The interpreter in Ningbo translating Angelo Tartuferi's speech from the San Marco Museum


An unmissable opportunity, a privileged approach that will enable visitors to fully appreciate the beauty, deeper meanings and lesser known aspects of the works illustrated during the sessions, when visiting these Museums.



The appointments for the first cycle of sessions:

From the Opera di S. Maria del Fiore Museum - Saturday June 19th, 8:00 A.M., Mgr. Timothy Verdon

- Saturday June 26th, 8:00 A.M., Prof. Antonio Natali


From the San Marco Museum

- Saturday September 11th, 9:00 A.M., Dr. Stefano Casciu

- Saturday September 18th, 9:00 A.M., Dr. Angelo Tartuferi From the Palazzo Medici Riccardi Museum

- Saturday November 27th, 8:00 A.M., Dr. Valentina Zucchi

- Date to be determined, 8:00 A.M., Prof. Cristina Acidini.

For information and to request the link to access sessions:

segreteria@zhongart.it