Patrons and Sponsors
1961 Acquisition of the Palazzo Capponi-Incontri
located in the Via Giuseppe Giusti 44, thanks to an extremely generous donation by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, followed by the building's transfer to the Society of Friends as the future Institute headquarters.
In the 1960s, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation played a significant financial role in the expansion of internationally active research institutions both in Germany and abroad, frequently sponsoring developments on an independent basis.
Society treasurers Alexander Kreuter and Ernst Coenen carried out the negotiations with the Fritz Thyssen Foundation and were responsible for the acquisition of the Palazzo Capponi-Incontri. The Foundation also provided additional funds for the necessary conversion work which was carried out on the palace's interior. The Foundation raised a total of 1.36 million DM.
However, more recent alterations to the house were sponsored by the Federal Ministry of the Interior.
1972 Acquisition of the Casa Rosselli,
which abuts the Palazzo Capponi-Incontri (Via G. Giusti 38-40) by the Volkswagen Foundation, followed by the building's transfer to the Society of Friends as an extension to the Institute. On 21st January 1972, former treasurer Alexander Kreuter applied to Dr. Gambke, the Foundation's then secretary general, for funds. The society received a grant of 1.2 million DM from the Foundation on 2nd November 1972. The relevant Federal Ministry sponsors any necessary conversion or restoration works.
1987 Acquisition of the Casa Zuccari
In 1987, the former home of painters Andrea del Sarto and Federico Zuccari (situated on the corner of the Via Giusti and the Via Capponi) was purchased by the Deutsche Bank AG, and entrusted to the Society for the Promotion of the Institute of Art History in Florence in 1988.
Detlev Heikamp had suggested purchasing the building in a memorandum in 1985, and, after enlisting the support of Max Seidel (former society chairman), Herbert Beck (director of the Liebieghaus in Frankfurt) and Ralph P. Odendall (the society’s treasurer), he succeeded in persuading the Deutsche Bank to act as a benefactor. Additional support by Hermann J. Abs led the Deutsche Bank’s executive board to generously contribute the purchase price, subsequently donating the building to the society for Institute purposes. The Casa del Sarto-Zuccari was handed over to the society by Ulrich Weiss and Hermann J. Abs, representing the Deutsche Bank, in a formal ceremony on 24th May 1988. Guests included the then Federal President Richard von Weizsäcker and Federal Minister of Research Heinz Riesenhuber, whose remit included the Institute and its affairs at the time.
1988 - 2001 Restoration of the Casa Zuccari
Development of restoration and utilisation plans for the Casa Zuccari by one of the society's executive board members, Mortimer Graf Maltzahn.
The costs incurred by the conversion and restoration works were financed thanks to generous donations made by the following sponsors
Deutsche Bank AG
Società Metallurgica Italiana
Max Mara Fashion Group