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Sunset over Florence / photo Flickr user @Sansa55 in TF Flickr group

The concept of the lone artistic genius, epitomized by Michelangelo, does not apply to the production of modern books. While the author researches, writes and reviews his creation in relative isolation, occasionally depending on colleagues and peers for feedback and input, the real teamwork begins when the book reaches the publisher. In the case of From Marble to Flesh, this team has been larger than usual, taking advantage of technological tools for crowdsourcing, crowdfunding and collaboration. Hundreds of people have contributed to the process, making this book neither solely Victor Coonin’s nor The Florentine’s book, but your book. More

7296$ raised thanks to YOU


The Florentine Press wishes to thank the 157 backers of our Kickstarter campaign to fund the forthcoming book by Victor Coonin, “From Marble to Flesh. The Biography of Michelangelo’s David.” We raised a whopping 7296$ towards the production of the book, 146% of our 5000$ goal. Thanks to the enthusiasm of our readers and community, who supported the book by reserving it through the crowdfunding platform as well as by spreading the word to their friends, we’re able to print 1000 copies of this book about the world’s most famous sculpture. Stay tuned for upcoming events around the book launch.

Chaplin’s Three Sisters restored


At 5pm on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, join AWA and friends at the Sala del Fiorino in Pitti’s Modern Art Gallery for the unveiling of AWA’s latest restoration: The Three Sisters, an award-winning painting by twentieth-century artist, Elisabeth Chaplin, a woman artist who donated over 700 works to the Pitti in 1974. The restoration was  led by Dr. Simonella Condemi, the Modern Art Gallery’s director, and  carried out by Florentine restoration artist, Rossella Lari. It includes diagnostic analysis  focused on the work’s state of conversation, executed by the Italian National Research Council’s Institute for the Conservation and Promotion of Cultural Heritage. More

Women Artists of the 1900s


Florence’s Villa Il Palmerino is host to the kick-off of  ‘Women Artists of the 1900s’, a program calendar designed to spotlight female creativity in Florence and its outskirts during the twentieth-century. Two international artists lead the way into this lesser-known artistic scene: French-born Nabis artist Elisabeth Chaplin and her English neighbor, painter Lola Costa. On 6pm on Monday, April 28, don’t miss the inauguration of the exhibition Private Mythologies, featuring an eclectic series of paintings by both artists at Costa’s former home (Via del Palmerino 8/10, Florence).


Our next book on Kickstarter


For the forthcoming publication of the book From Marble to Flesh: the Biography of Michelangelo’s David by Victor Coonin, The Florentine Press is relying on the public’s fascination with this Italian cultural icon to prompt donations on the American crowdfunding platform, Kickstarter. Funds are being raised for printing costs that supplement the press’s own investment, and project backers have a chance to reserve and get the first copies of the book.


Invisible Women wins the Emmy



INVISIBLE WOMEN, the documentary based on the book Invisible Women: Forgotten Artists of Florence, written by American arts patron Jane Fortune and published by The Florentine Press, has won an Emmy award as the Best Documentary in the Cultural/Historical Program category. The award was announced on June 1 by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The documentary was produced by WFYI Productions from Indianapolis, and was aired on American public television (Public Broadcasting Service).


Invisible Women up for Emmy



TF Press and The Florentine are very proud to announce that the PBS television special INVISIBLE WOMEN was named a finalist for an Emmy in the best Historical/Cultural Program category by the regional National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.


Women Artists in the Vasari Corridor


The Vasari Corridor hosts a renowned series of self-portraits by master painters from the sixteenth to the twentieth-first century. Arranged chronologically, this collection was started by Cardinal Leopoldo de’ Medici in the mid-seventeenth century and still receives donated works from present-day master artists. It is currently Florence’s most populated venue for female artists, with more than 20 works exhibited. More