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Omaggio a Firenze



Omaggio a Firenze

On the 50th anniversary of the 1966 flood, a celebration of the city's timeless beauty. In collaboration with the Leonardo da Vinci Society and in association with the Bookbinders Museum of San Francisco.

A selection of contemporary photographs and a book presentation by Mike Nelsen, exploring the beauty of Florence - juxtaposed with color lithographs by Luciano Guarnieri, depicting scenes from the 1966 flood. The opening will be followed by a conversation with eyewitness accounts of the tragic days of 1966 and the heroic efforts to salvage Florence’s many treasures.

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Mike Nelsen first visited Florence during his junior year abroad with Gonzaga University, when he also began taking photo-graphs. After graduating from Santa Clara University he contin-ued with both an artistic and professional commitment to photography. His repeated visits to Florence over the past 40+ years, with innumerable strolls through its streets and neighborhoods, or going for "quattro passi," have produced the images included in this book "QuattroPassi". It is similar in style, with a human-interest content, to his first book on San Francisco entitled "Street Fare" which he self-published 5 years ago.

Luciano Guarnieri (1930-2009) was a Florentine artist famous for drawings and lithographs, dedicated to a variety f themes from Florence and its gardens, including he floods in 1966, to Mexico, New York City, the invasion of Prague by the Soviets, the astronauts’ take off for the moon, and Irish skies. In his life, he was familiar with Hollywood actors, industry magnates, and heads of states.


In association with The American Bookbinders Museum and the exhibition "Books and Mud: the drowned libraries of Florence"

Exhibit opens October 20, 2016 at 5:30pm
Opening reception October 28, 2016 at 5:30pm

The American Bookbinders Museum will also screen the documentary "Florence: Days of Destruction," directed by Franco Zeffirelli, and narrated by Richard Burton. Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 7:00pm



Date: DA Thursday, November 03, 2016 a Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Time: From 6:00 pm To 8:30 pm

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Entrance : Free


Italian Cultural Institute, SF