World Premiere: When the World Answered Documentary Film


The Florentine Press and Advancing Women Artists Foundation‘s recent publication When the World Answered. Florence, Women Artsits and the 1966 Flood is the subject of a PBS documentary by the director of the Emmy-award winning film based on Jane Fortune’s previous TFPress book, Invisible Women. Don’t miss the WORLD PREMIERE to be held in Florence on Tuesday October 20 at 6:30pm at the Odeon Theatre.

The evening will include talks by the authors Linda Falcone and Jane Fortune, and by the Consul General of the United States of America, patron of the event.

Tickets for this charity screening cost 8 euros, and proceeds will be donated to AWA, who will use them for the restoration of works of art by women in Florentine collections. As we expect a crowd, we suggest you pre-book your ticket online at this link (booking surcharge applies).

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).


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).


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

Up at the Villa (April 14 2013)

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On Sunday,  April 14 – 4.30pm, spend an afternoon in Fiesole spotlighting women artists past and present. Associazione Culturale Il Palmerino’s presentation of Art by Women in Florence: A Guide through Five Hundred Years with authors Jane Fortune and Linda Falcone is the kick-off event for the weeklong exhibition contemporary art exhibition: Coincidenze. (April 14 to 21) featuring four of Il Palmerino’s resident women artists: Karine Falleni, Rea Stavropoulos, Caterina Margherita and Lorraine Thorne. The inaugural event will begin on Sunday, April 14 at 4.30 and include a discussion of multiple recently restored works by women artists in Florence’s museums and churches and the efforts of the Advancing Women Artists Foundation to research, safeguard and exhibit this undiscovered art to the general public. More

Félicie de Fauveau Conference (April 4&5, 2013)

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The city of the Renaissance makes room for the nineteenth century. On April 4 and 5, Florence’s most renowned nineteenth-century scholars will gather together to present a lecture series called Félicie de Fauveau: the workshop of a French woman artist in nineteenth-century Florence. Art historians Carlo Sisi, Enrico Colle, Silvia Mascalchi and Silvestra Bietoletti will discuss the artistic, political and social trends that influenced De Fauveau and her art. De Fauveau’s life and relationships provide a unique window onto the Grand Duchy under Leopoldo II and her work suggests the popularity of Neo-gothic styles and the Dantesque revival. Two sculptures by De Fauveau will also be unveiled during the event, after recent restoration projects sponsored by the Advancing Women Artists Foundation (AWA). Restorer Gabriella Tonini will spotlight new discoveries on the artist’s techniques and conference participants will be able to appreciate the sculptures on site at Santa Croce and Santa Maria del Carmine. This free two-day event is being organized by the Advancing Women Artists Foundation in collaboration with The Florentine and Opera di Santa Croce, with the patronage of the Comune di Firenze and the Polo Museale Fiorentino. More

Women Artists of Early Modern Italy Conference

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From 9am to 4.30pm on Friday, March 2, art historians and aficionados are gearing up for Women Artists of Early Modern Italy: New Archival Studies, presented by the ‘Jane Fortune Research Program on Women Artists in the Age of the Medici’, The Medici Archive Project and Florence’s State Archives.

Expect various lectures by keynote scholars focusing on the Florentine experiences of well-loved Baroque master, Artemisia Gentileschi, including a landmark presentation of a newly discovered, signed work the artist is believed to have completed in Naples during the last year of her life. These ground-breaking studies are the perfect follow-up for Milan’s recent monographic exhibition in Palazzo Reale, where all of the artist’s Florentine canvases were presented, including David and Bathsheba, which the Advancing Women Artists Foundation restored after 363 years of neglect in the city’s deposits. More

Irene Parenti Duclos restored


Irene Parenti Duclos, an eighteenth-century Florentine painter and copyist, climbed up the scaffolding at the Church of S.S. Annunziata and copied Andrea del Sarto’s famous fresco of the Madonna del Sacco. For a woman at the time, this was an amazing feat, both physically and artistically. The painstaking restoration of Duclos’ acclaimed work, sponsored by Dr. Jane Fortune and the Advancing Women Artists Foundation, is now on public view in the Giposeteca of the Accademia Gallery. More

Culture Clash a useful debate


Success for last night’s encounter organized by The Florentine at Le Murate. With around 50 people in attendance – some Italians, lots of TF readers – the discussion was friendly despite differing opinions about the topics discussed. Editor Brenda Dionisi kept everything under control while polling our panelists Edoardo Lusena (Corriere Fiorentino) and Deirdre Pirro (The Florentine) and involving the crowd with their many observations. More

Join us for Culture Clash on June 9th


The room of the columns will be filled with life and discussion on June 9th!

On April 26, the former prison known as Le Murate, now fully renovated, was officially opened to the public, with hours that span from noon to midnight daily and a rich calendar of creative and cultural activities through June. Florence’s superintendent of culture, Giuliano da Empoli, says he called on Florence’s best ‘creative minds’ to organize events in Le Murate. The idea is to give the people of Florence a space full of surprises, where something creative will always be ‘in progress.’ Representing the city’s English-speaking community, the staff of The Florentine is among the 25 cultural associations, universities, and magazines asked to provide the initial programming for this space. After the great success of the KnitLounge event organized by The Florentine and BettaKnit last April 28th, we are pleased to announce our second event on the official programme of Le Murate.

Please join us on Thursday June 9th 2011 from 7-9pm for “Culture Clash” at Le Murate (piazza Madonna della Neve 1), a casual debate between English and Italian writers on topics that concern the point of intersection between our two cultures. This is a topic that The Florentine addresses on a daily basis; we’d love to hear your opinion and engage in dialogue about it.

On stage, our very own Deirdre Pirro, international lawyer and author of Italian Sketches, who will be discussing points of “culture clash” with Edoardo Lusena, journalist at Corriere Fiorentino. Moderating their conversation will be Brenda Dionisi, general editor of The Florentine.

The talk will be followed by an aperitivo and an opportunity to purchase books from The Florentine Press.

To find us at Le Murate: the address on google maps is piazza madonna della neve 1, near Mercato Sant’Ambrogio. Once you enter the Murate Complex, there are two courtyards. One has a restaurant and a fountain in it… that is NOT where we will be. Go to the other courtyard, where there is a door at the end, under some arches. We will be on the first floor, there will be signs just outside.

Hey Dante, high five! Yeah, Shakespeare! Illustration by Leo Cardini