Exhibition catalog written by Iona professor added to world-renowned Uffizi Gallery Liberia

Jocelyn Arroyo-Ariza, News Editor

After Thomas Ruggio, a professor of visual arts at Iona College, discovered that a missing Baroque masterpiece was hidden in plain sight at Holy Family Church in New Rochelle, the painting led to interesting developments for the Gael community. Casare Dandini’s “Holy Family with the Infant St. John” was displayed for a period of time at Ryan Library last semester.  

Iona is proud to announce that an exhibition catalog, “Cesare Dandini’s Holy Family with the Infant St. John: A Rediscovered Florentine Baroque Masterpiece,” written by Professor Thomas Ruggio, was included in the prestigious Uffizi Gallery Library in Florence, Italy.  

The Uffizi Gallery Liberia was founded by the Medici family in the 16th century. The Medici family was a prominent banking and political dynasty in the Renaissance era who were patrons of art. The gallery is located in Florence, where visitors can glance at famous artwork by artists such as Botticelli and Giotto.