Iona Professor’s Cesare Dandini Exhibition Catalog Added to Uffizi Gallery Library

New Rochelle, N.Y. – The world-renowned Uffizi Gallery Library in Florence, Italy has added to its collection an exhibition catalog written by Iona College professor Thomas Ruggio, entitled Cesare Dandini’s Holy Family with the Infant St. John: A Rediscovered Florentine Baroque Masterpiece.

“It’s a tremendous honor to have my exhibition catalog included in the Uffizi Gallery Library. From the time it was founded by the Medici Family in the 16th century, the Uffizi has been a part of Renaissance art history and I'm proud to make a tiny contribution to the legendary archives of the Biblioteca Degli Uffizi,” said Ruggio.

The Uffizi Gallery is famous for its collections of ancient sculptures and paintings from the Middle Ages to the modern period. The gallery’s paintings from the 14th-century and Renaissance period include masterpieces by Giotto, Botticelli, Michelangelo and Caravaggio.

The focus of the Holy Family with the Infant St. John: A Rediscovered Florentine Baroque Masterpiece exhibition at Iona's Ryan Library was a painting that was considered lost to art history until Ruggio spotted it. Read more about the discovery here.

Holy Family with the Infant St. John was on exhibition at Iona's Ryan Library.

Holy Family with the Infant St. John was on exhibition at Iona's Ryan Library.

Founded in 1940, Iona University is a master's-granting private, Catholic, coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers. Iona's 45-acre New Rochelle campus and 28-acre Bronxville campus are just 20 miles north of Midtown Manhattan. With a total enrollment of nearly 4,000 students and an alumni base of over 50,000 around the world, Iona is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona is highly accredited, offering undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. Iona’s LaPenta School of Business is accredited by AACSB International, a prestigious recognition awarded to just five percent of business schools worldwide. The Princeton Review recognized Iona’s on-campus MBA program as a “Best Business School for 2023.” Iona University also recently launched a new, fully online MBA program for even greater flexibility. In July 2021, Iona University and NewYork-Presbyterian announced the establishment of the NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences, to be principally located on the University’s new campus in Bronxville, N.Y. Supported by a $20 million gift from NewYork-Presbyterian, the NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences offers a new vision for collaborative health care education, modern workforce development, and community care. On July 1, 2022, Iona officially changed its status from College to University, reflecting the growth of its academic programs and the prestige of an Iona education.