"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 a noted art historian, curator, author and lecturer, specializing in Italian Renaissance and Baroque art. He is also an important critic of contemporary art and past director of the Biennial of Florence. Since 2012 Spike has been Assistant Director and Chief Curator of the Muscarelle Museum of Art at The College of William & Mary, in Williamsburg, Virginia.
John Thomas Spike è un noto storico dell’arte, curatore, autore e docente, specializzato nel Rinascimento e nel Barocco Italiano. È inoltre un importante critico d'arte contemporanea ed è stato direttore della Biennale di Firenze. Dal 2012 Spike è stato Assistant Director e Chief Curator del Muscarelle Museum of Art, al College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia.
John T. Spike, charcoal drawing by Antonio Ciccone (detail), 2008
John T. Spike, Palazzo Torrigiani, Florence, photograph by James O'Mara, 2007
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.
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.
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.
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.