John T Spike

"Art is neither new or old, but always contemporary. Florence was made great by contemporary artists named Giotto, Brunelleschi, Michelangelo. In every place and time, creative artists find new ways to tell the age-old stories.”

“Firenze fu resa grande da artisti contemporanei come Giotto, Brunelleschi, Michelangelo. In ogni tempo e luogo, i grandi artisti trovano parole nuove per raccontare le stesse verità.”

John Thomas Spike is an eminent American art critic, art historian, museum curator, author and lecturer, known for his focus on European artists before 1800 (Old Masters) and a wide range of modern artists. Born in New York City, Spike has balanced his career between residences in the United States and Florence, Italy.


John Thomas Spike è un noto critico e storico dell’arte, curatore, autore e docente, con specializzazione nell'arte europea ante 1800 e una gamma diversa di artisti  moderni.  Nato in New York City, Spike ha svolto la sua attività tra USA e Firenze.  

John T. Spike, charcoal drawing by Antonio Ciccone (detail), 2008
John T. Spike, Palazzo Torrigiani, Florence, photograph by James O'Mara, 2007
 

A Brush with Passion:
Mattia Preti (1613 – 1699)

Paintings from North American Collections in Honor of the 400th Anniversary of His Birth, exh. cat. Muscarelle Museum of Art, Williamsburg, VA, Centro Di Florence, 2013.​

A Brush with Passion Mattia Preti (1613 – 1699)

Art Historian, Curator, Author and Lecturer

Florentine Painting Between the Medici and the Bonfires of the Vanities, with Alessandro Cecchi and additional essay by Frederick Ilchman and Victoria S. Reed, exh. cat. Muscarelle Museum of Art, Williamsburg, VA and Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, Centro Di Florence 2017.

Leonardo da Vinci and the Idea of Beauty
Leonardo da Vinci y la idea de la belleza

Botticelli and the Search for the Divine

Masterpiece Drawings from the Casa Buonarroti, exh. cat. Muscarelle Museum of Art, Williamsburg, VA and Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, Centro Di Florence, 2013.

with additional essays by David Alan Brown and Paul Joannides, exh. cat. Muscarelle Museum of Art, Williamsburg, VA and Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, Centro Di Florence 2015; exh. cat. Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, 2015.

Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane