Iona University Professor Thomas Ruggio to Discuss His New Book in NYC

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Tom Ruggio with his book, Finding Dandini.

Professor Tom Ruggio with his new book, “Finding Dandini: The Rediscovery of a Painting and a 17th-Century Artist.”

New York, N.Y. – Iona University professor Thomas Ruggio will present an author talk with the New York Public Library on Wednesday, June 5, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The discussion will take place in the Jefferson Market Library, located at 425 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY. The event is free and open to the public. 

Ruggio, who teaches fine art and art history at Iona, is also the author of the new book, “Finding Dandini: The Rediscovery of a Painting and a 17th-Century Artist.” In it, Ruggio recounts his remarkable discovery of a missing Baroque painting and casts new light on a Florentine painter living through an incredible period of history. Learn more about the book here.

During the upcoming event, Ruggio will talk about his motivations for writing the book as well as provide a closer look at the painter Cesare Dandini and the research that went into his discovery. No registration is required, all are welcome.

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 more than 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 students enjoy small class sizes, engaged professors and a wide array of academic programs across the School of Arts & Science; LaPenta School of Business; NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences; and Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Iona is widely recognized in prestigious rankings, including The Princeton Review’s 2024 national list of “The Best 389 Colleges” and The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse’s “2024 Best Colleges in America,” which ranked Iona at #66 in the nation overall and #8 in the nation among Catholic schools. Iona’s LaPenta School of Business is also accredited by AACSB International, a recognition awarded to just six percent of business schools worldwide. In addition, The Princeton Review recognized Iona’s on-campus MBA program as a “Best Business School for 2023.” Iona also offers a fully online MBA program for even greater flexibility. In July 2021, Iona announced the establishment of the NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences, which is now principally located on Iona’s Bronxville campus in collaboration with NewYork-Presbyterian. Connecting to its Irish heritage, the University also recently announced it is expanding abroad with a new campus in County Mayo, Ireland. A school on the rise, Iona officially changed its status from College to University on July 1, 2022, reflecting the growth of its academic programs and the prestige of an Iona education.