Eike Schmidt: Veronafiere and Le Donne del Marmo make an award to the Director of the Uffizi Gallery

Trip to Florence for Veronafiere and “Le Donne del Marmo” Association on Thursday 12 October to meet the Director of the Uffizi Gallery, Eike Schmidt. The German art historian, the first foreigner appointed in charge of the museum in Florence, received the association’s 2023 Award.

Women of Marble Award 2023

This award was created in 2006 by “Le Donne del Marmo” Association, in collaboration with Marmomac, the natural stone exhibition organized by Veronafiere: it is presented every year to personalities whose art, professionalism or dedication have helped spread of the use of marble and other natural stones.

Eike Schmidt is one of the leading experts and connoisseurs of European Renaissance and Baroque sculpture, with more than 200 scientific publications to his name.

The awards comprises a precious marble tile created by master stone carver Frans Ferzini. It was presented to Schmidt by the president of Veronafiere, Federico Bricolo, together with the President of “Le Donne del Marmo”, Sara Vannucci.

From the left: Federico Bricolo, President of Veronafiere, and Eike Schmidt, Director of the Uffizi Gallery

This award,” said President Bricolo, “is an opportunity to recognize the skill and passion of Director Schmidt in his efforts to preserve and narrate many works of art which are important witness to the grandeur of marble. A commitment that, albeit in different ways, Veronafiere also pursues through Marmomac to promote the beauty and versatility of natural stone, a materials which has always been a source of inspiration for artists, sculptors and architects.”

The initiative is just one of the many activities in which Veronafiere continues to invest to promote positive interchange between culture and business. These projects include the partnership with the Uffizi Gallery inaugurated this year during Vinitaly, where the works ‘Bacchus’ by Caravaggio and ‘Bacchus Fanciullo’ by Guido Reni were on loan from the Uffizi and displayed to the general public for the first time in an exhibition hall.