Author: Anne Holler

Anne Holler is a journalist based in New York, but her heart lies in Florence. She is the author of Florencewalks (Henry Holt) and numerous articles on Florence. Recently, she studied Renaissance art at Syracuse University. She may very well have been the oldest student accepted into the MA program.
July 14, 2021

Medici at The Met

For anyone who’s been away from Florence for, say, the last couple of years, beware that you may feel a little shaky when first walking into The Met’s new exhibit The Medici: Portraits and Politics, 1512-1570. Not full-blown Stendhal syndrome (dizzy spells, disorientation, etc.) but still you may realize that you’ve been missing something both […]
November 18, 2019

Bertoldo at The Frick

When I scurried over to The Frick Collection last month to take in the museum’s latest exhibit, Bertoldo di Giovanni, The Renaissance of Sculpture in Medici Florence, I had one question in mind: Would The Frick bring up Bertoldo’s past?     Almost 15 years ago, Columbia professor Lynn Catterson offered up some convincing evidence […]
October 26, 2018

Pontormo at the Morgan Library

Pontormo: Miraculous Encounters at New York’s Morgan Library & Museum is a small exhibit, tucked away in a gallery the size of a doctor’s waiting room. But the impact of being so close up with two Mannerist masterpieces will stay with you for some time.   Both paintings, the Visitation and Portrait of a Young […]
June 7, 2018

Enchantment and embroidery: Heavenly Bodies at the Met

The Met’s new show curated by The Costume Institute has only been open for a short spell, but judging from the crowds and press coverage the event has captured more imaginations than just Catholic ones. Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination explores how fashion has been influenced by religious imagery and the costumes worn […]
January 12, 2018

Michelangelo at the Met

Drawing exhibits are rarely blockbusters. But when the title of the exhibit includes “Michelangelo” you can bet there will be crowds.  Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art is dramatically staged yet serene, thought-provoking but intimate. Five hundred years melt away when you are close up to the image of […]
October 31, 2017

Japan’s Quattro Ragazzi in New York

The first East-West cultural exchange hinged on the diplomatic skills of four boys, the Quattro Ragazzi, of Japan. In 1582, at the height of the Christian Century, four young teenagers from the Japanese nobility—Mancio Itō, Miguel Chijiwa, Julião Nakaura and Martinao Hara—were dispatched to Europe, with a Jesuit priest, and introduced throughout the courts and […]
July 6, 2017

Magazzino: spotlighting Italy stateside

Cold Spring, New York, could win a prize for Least Hampton-like Hamlet along the Hudson River. Mecca for kayakers, bikers, antique shop owners and transplanted New Yorkers who need a little distance from the city (an hour and a half by train), the picture-postcard town is poised to take on the Italian contemporary art scene. […]
April 6, 2017

Della Robbias amidst the cherry blossoms

“I suppose nothing brings the real air of a Tuscan town so vividly to mind as those pieces of pale blue and white earthenware…like fragments of the milky sky itself, fallen into the cool streets, and breaking into the darkened churches.” –19th century writer William Pater If you live stateside and a Tuscan town is […]
December 3, 2015

Taddeo Gaddi exhibition NYC

Those stateside who love Florentine art must have been very, very good this year. In addition to exhibitions at the Met and the Frick featuring work by Andrea del Sarto is the small, jewel-like exhibition ‘Maestà: Gaddi’s Triptych Reunited,’ opening December 11 at the
October 1, 2015

Andrea del Sarto exhibition in New York

A star of the Florentine art world will light up the New York museum scene this fall.    In his day, Andrea d’Agnolo—generally known as Andrea del Sarto for his tailor father (1486–1530)—was the most influential artist in Florence. He