The Salvatore Ferragamo Group will donate over $800,000 to renovate eight rooms of Florence’s beloved Uffizi Gallery. The donation will provide for remodeling and upgrading a section of the gallery that houses over 50 works by 15th century masters, including Filippo Lippi and Domenico Ghirlandaio. The Ferragamo Group habitually participates in the restoration and protection of major Florentine sites of artistic and cultural value as well as the exhibition of Italian artworks.
The Florence-based luxury goods company dates back to 1928 and is best known for its beautiful and innovative shoe designs. Founder Salvatore Ferragamo worked with stars from the golden age of Hollywood, including Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, and Greta Garbo. He is credited with creating the wedge-heel, the metal-reinforced stiletto, and the shell-shaped sole. The company has since expanded into other luxury goods, and members of the family are still heavily involved in the business.
The Ferragamo Group has said it was specifically looking for a project that would enable it to give back to Florence and improve the city in a long-lasting way. The Uffizi Gallery is Florence’s premier art museum, and certainly one of the oldest in the world, officially opening to the public in 1765 after years of appointment-only viewings. The Uffizi holds a massive collection, including much of the collected art of the Medici family.
It’s always great to see a successful company giving back to the community, and it’s obvious that the Ferragamo Group is aware of how much they have received from Florence and the arts. We approve.
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