FLORENCE, ITALY – The Florentines Around the World Association and the European School of Economics, in collaboration with the Assembly of Tuscans Around the World and St John’s University, is organising an exhibition entitled “Amerigo’s America – Florence and the Merchants of the New World” dedicated to Amerigo Vespucci on the anniversary of the fifth centenary of his death.
The opening of the exhibition, preceded by a conference, is scheduled for Wednesday 22nd February 2012 at 6 pm, at the Manhattan campus of St. John’s University in New York. The exact date marks 500 years after the death of the Florentine navigator.
After New York, the exhibition will travel to Florence, Italy, and will open with a conference at 2pm on Sunday 25th March 2012, a date which marks the traditional Florentine New Year. The event will be held in the Renaissance Palazzo Rosselli del Turco, located in Borgo Santi Apostoli, home to the Florence campus of the European School of Economics.
To conclude the celebration at the end of October 2012, the exhibition will be hosted at the Italian Cultural Institute in Tokyo.
The bilingual exhibit – in English and Italian – narrates, through a historical and iconographical perspective, the feats of Vespucci the explorer and his entrepreneurial skills, by placing a strong emphasis on the culture and the characteristics of the Florentine merchant of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.
The exhibition will be accompanied by the edition of an historical essay published by Gallorosso Editrice and Gelli Graphics and written by Andrea Claudio Galluzzo, Stefano Galli Rosi, Luciano Artusi, Stefano Guelfi Camaiani, Massimo Cecchi and Stefano Cordero di Montezemolo, with a preface by Elio D’Anna, president of the European School of Economics.
A video created by Tommaso Conforti will describe Vespucci’s life through splendid imagiary of the places he visited. The Florentines Around the World, in adopting Amerigo Vespucci as their own symbol, will also dedicate to the great merchant and explorer of Florence a special commemorative bronze medal by Alessandro Luzzi.
The events, organised by the Delegates of the Florentines Around the World: Francesco Bardazzi for New York, Laura Mogavero for Florence and Flavio Gori for Tokyo, will enjoy the high patronage of the President of Italian Republic, the patronage of the Regione Toscana, Provincia di Firenze, Comune di Firenze, Confindustria Firenze, Florence Chamber of Commerce, Embassy of Italy in the USA, the Italian Consulate in New York, the Italian Embassy in Japan, the Assembly of Tuscans Around the World, the Italian Cultural Institute of New York, Italian Cultural Institute of Tokyo, Columbus Foundation, Italy-USA Foundation, Tuscans of New York, Calandra Italian American Institute, Italian Heritage and Cultura Committee NY and was made possible thanks to the sponsors – La Florens, European School of Economics, Frog, Alessandro Luzzi Workshop and LVD / ADV and the Foundation for Sports History Museums.