The Academy

The Marchesi Antinori have always cultivated, along with their vines, a love for the Tuscan soil and for art.  From these twin passions the Accademia Antinori, the Antinori Academy, was born; its precise aim is to celebrate and give the maximum focus and attention to the territory of the Tuscan region and to its viticultural traditions: a patrimony which the Antinori family wishes to preserve, to spread and publicize as widely as possible. The Antinori Academy works to collect and patronize artistic events and shows tied to the Tuscan countryside in a continuous effort of research and study which has led to the restoration of works of art, to the publication of catalogues and books on art, and to the creation of events open to the public and of exhibitions.

Events of recent years


Della Robbia: Sculpting with Color in Renaissance Florence

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston – August 9 through December 4, 2016 National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC – February 5 through June 4, 2017

The glazed terracotta relief Resurrection of Christ (ca. 1500-1524) is a splendid example of Giovanni della Robbia’s dramatic, colorful style. The relief was originally commissioned by Niccolò and Alessandro Antinori, located at the entrance of Villa Le Rose the family’s country residence outside Florence.

Comprised of 46 ceramic sections, the work features a life-sized portrait of the Antinori family member who commissioned the artwork (perhaps Niccolò, or his son Alessandro), as well as the family’s distinctive coat of arms. Donated to the Brooklyn Institute (now the Brooklyn Museum of Art) by A. Augustus Healy in 1898, the work has not left the borough since.

Now owned by the Brooklyn Museum, the relief has been restored to its original splendor in 2016 thanks to the support of the Antinori Family. Off view since 1999, the masterpiece is now undergoing a one-year conservation treatment in view of the exhibition Della Robbia: Sculpting with Color in Renaissance Florence at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, from August 9th to December 4th 2016. The exhibition will then travel to Washington, DC for the second venue at the National Gallery of Art from February 5th to June 4th 2017.






Badia di San Michele Arcangelo a Passignano

Badia a Passignano - San Casciano Val di Pesa (FI)

A 15th-century "Last Supper" painted by Renaissance master Domenico Ghirlandaio (1449-1494) returns to public view in Tuscany for the first time in a decade thanks to the collaboration between the American foundation Friends of Florence, the Antinori family and Italian cultural authorities and conservation experts.

The restoration of the 540-year-old Ghirlandaio fresco in the dining hall of the 11th-century Badia di Passignano (Abbey of Passignano) was made possible by the contribution of the U.S.-based Friends of Florence foundation, its board member Marchese Piero Antinori and his historical 26th-generation family winemaking business.

Along with the Domenico Ghirlandaio fresco, the intervention project also conserved two lunettes painted in 1474 by Bernardo Rosselli depicting biblical events: The Expulsion from Paradise and Cain Killing Abel. Additional stone work and work on the vaulting and ceiling of the refectory was completed, restoring the space to its original 15th-century design.
The dining hall of Badia di Passignano was so preserved and, from December 2015, was reopened to visitors.

Paintings of the countryside

Egisto Ferroni and European naturalism

The Civic Museum “Giovanni Fattori” – Villa Mimbelli, Leghorn (Livorno), June 21st – September 1st, 2002

The first exhibition dedicated entirely to Italian and European naturalism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, conceived and realized by the city of Leghorn (Livorno).  The principal characteristic of the show was the exhibition of eight splendid canvases – collected and restored by the Antinori Academy - painted by Egisto Ferroni and known as the “Frassineto Cycle”, as they were created for the ballroom of the lovely villa of the Frassineto counts.

The paintings, inspired by the Tuscan countryside, were purchased, restored, and shown to celebrate the thirty years which had transpired from the first harvest of Tignanello.

Cecconi, Mariani, Quadrone

Nature and Hunting in 19th century Italy

State Archives of Florence, May 24th, 2003

The collection of the Antinori Academy includes several of the most representative works of the Leghorn (Livorno) artist Eugenio Cecconi, a sensitive interpreter of Tuscan rural traditions and among the most significant painters of hunting scenes and scenes of rural life in 19th century Italy.

Two paintings - "Alberese, Abbaiata a fermo" - “Barking of the hounds at Alberese” (1892), and "Richiami lontani" – “Distant Calls”  of Eugenio Cecconi were shown in the palace of the Florentine State Archives in June of 2003 and, at the same time, the one hundreth anniversary of the death of the artist was commemorated.

The Artists’ Countryside

A century of images of agriculture in Tuscany

the Antinori Palace, Florence , October 3rd-November 22nd, 2003

The Antinori Academy, with the collaboration of the Fratelli Alinari Foundation for the History of Photography, conceived and realized this photographic exhibition composed of 200 images from the archives of the Fratelli Alinari (the Alinari brothers), from the private collection of the Antinori family, and from other private collectors.

The exhibition, as an ensemble, functioned as a sort of guide with images of the various, and mutually influencing, types of agriculture practiced in Tuscany, both from the geographical point of view (Chianti, Maremma, Valdichiana, Mugello, the province of Lucca, the coast) and from that of socio-cultural identities, with particular attention to the trades and professions of the period and to the various types of crops and cultivation practices.

Bacchus and the grape

600 prints created between the 16th and the 20th century

San Giovanni Persicelo (province of Bologna) - Cento (province of Ferrara), 2004

Ever since 2004, a series of 600 prints created between 16th and the 20th century have joined by Antinori Academy’s collection; the series constitutes a complete repertoire on the theme of Bacchus, the grape, the harvest, and festivities.

The engravings, whose source is the artistic patrimony collected over the years by Alberto and Sandro Alberghini, were presented in an exhibition with a theme organized in two different places in the fall of the year 2003: San Giovanni in Persicelo (in the province of Bologna) and Cento (in theprovince of Ferrara).

Per Bacco!

An exhibition of contemporary art, dedicated to wine

Palazzo Antinori, Florence May 11th - July 13th 2007

To celebrate the Antinori family's five hundred year link with the city of Florence, art and above all Palazzo Antinori, the Accademia has invited 21 contemporary artists (twenty painters and one sculptor) to create, in the language of their choice, a piece of work dedicated the god Bacchus in order to crown this special anniversary with their own special vision.

The magical alchemy of winemaking is expressed with their unique methods and preferences: sometimes in intimate, familiar tones, and other times in hyper-realistic solutions, or following the influence of Caravaggio, or again, in works echoing the English pre-Raphaelite tradition.

Tableware and wine service in the Aegean-Cypriot collection

of the National Archaeological Museum of Florence

Antinori Palace in Florence, December 3rd , 2007 – January 30th, 2008

Among the projects promoted by the Antinori Academy can be listed this show in which a fascinating collection of both tableware and wine-serving vessels for banquets already utilized in the Aegean-Cypriot civilizations of the eastern Mediterranean (Greece, the Cyclades, Rhodes and Cyprus) 1500 years B.C.

It was the first time that the Antinori Academy dealt with objects created in a period so far away in time, and yet, precisely to demonstrate the relevance of the vine and wine to our own time, this ample archaeological repertoire showed just how continuous the culture of wine, from ancient times to the present age, has been.