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

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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

Women artists: Opportunities for Support

Girl with Crucifix, Giovanna Fratellini, Villa Petraia, Florence

In her book Invisible Women, Jane Fortune discovers the many ‘hidden’ female artists in museum archives and deposits in Florence. One artist who deserves recognition is Giovanna Fratellini, a lady-in-waiting to Grand Duchess Vittoria della Rovere who indeed recognized this woman’s talent. Thanks to ducal auspices, she was trained in painting and music and specialized in miniatures. She became an active member of Florence’s Accademia dell’Arte del Disegno in 1706, able to direct her own business and issue invoices in her own name. Her portraits of 18th-century nobles capture the dress and feeling of Tuscan nobility, often representing women and children who might be otherwise unknown to us. More

Advancing Women Artists

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Advancing Women Artists Foundation, an American not-for-profit (501c3), is committed to identifying and restoring artwork by women in Florence’s museum storages. Myriad paintings and sculptures by ground-breaking women artists have been overlooked for centuries and, many works are currently in desperate need of restoration. As of today, compelling artistic treasures continue to be a silent, undiscovered part of the city’s creative heritage. Through education (lectures, books, seminars, and conferences) and by exhibiting these works in Florence and abroad, it will prove possible to disclose this vital cultural legacy and promote its importance in Florence, in Italy and to the world.

Founded and chaired by Dr. Jane Fortune in 2003, The Florence Committee is the non-profit Italian association and the counterpart of Advancing Women Artists, a not-for-profit foundation in the United States. The Florentine partner of AWA, it promotes the institutional development of restoration projects sponsored and advanced by Dr.Fortune. Today, The Florence Committee’s role is primarily cultural: it organizes lectures and events, inspired by Florence’s art and culture and linked to women artists and scholars, for its due-paying members. Since 2006, the Committee recognizes modern-day women artists, as well as those who sustain art by women in Florence.

On the new Advancing Women Artists website that is now online, you can read about past and future projects of the foundation, make a donation to support women artists, and more.