Omaggio A Firenze

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The Leonardo da Vinci Society  and L’Istituto Italiano Di Cultura di San Francisco cordially invites you to:

Thursday November 3 at 6:00 pm

Italian Cultural Institute
601 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco

Omaggio a Firenze: On the 50th anniversary of the flood, a celebration of its timeless beauty. A selection of contemporary photographs and a book presentation by Mike Nelsen, exploring the beauty of Florence – juxtaposed with color lithographs by Luciano Guarnieri, depicting scenes from the 1966 flood.

The audience is invited to participate in a commemoration of the tragic days of 1966, and the heroic efforts to salvage Florence’s many treasures. This event is in collaboration with the Leonardo da Vinci Society and in association with the exhibition at the Bookbinders Museum of San Francisco opening October 28.


Mike Nelsen  first visited Florence during his junior year abroad with Gonzaga University, when he also began taking photographs.  After graduating from Santa Clara University he continued with both an artistic and professional commitment to photography. His repeated visits to Florence over the past 40+ years, with innumerable strolls through its streets and neighborhoods, or going for “quattro passi,” have produced the images included in this book “QuattroPassi”.  It is similar in style, with a human-interest content, to his first book on San Francisco entitled “Street Fare” which he self-published 5 years ago.

Il Ponte Vecchio, Firenze, by Mike Nelsen


Luciano Guarnieri (1930-2009) was a Florentine artist famous for drawings and lithographs, dedicated to a variety f themes from Florence and its gardens, including he floods in 1966, to Mexico, New York City, the invasion of Prague by the Soviets, the astronauts’ take off for the moon, and Irish skies. In his life, he was familiar with Hollywood actors, industry magnates, and heads of states.

Firenze Flood, 1966, Lithograph by Luciano Guarnieri



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