Women Artists in the Vasari Corridor

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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.

Already in its fourth edition, ‘Women Artists in the Vasari Corridor’ is a cultural walk created by the not-for-profit foundation Advancing Women Artists Foundation and Tuscany’s English-language publishing house, the Florentine Press. Visitors will see portraits of important sixteenth-century artists like those of Tintoretto’s daughter Maria Robusti, and Anchangela Paladini, a Medici court painter and protege of Maria Maddalena d’Austria. Seventeenth-century masters include the famed Venetian pastellist Rosalba Carriera and her Florentine counterpart Giovanna Fratellini, a lady-in-waiting to Vittoria della Rovere. Irish-born Louisa Grace Bartolini and revolutionary animalier Rosa Bonheur are two examples of the Corridor’s nineteenth-century protagonists. Twentieth-century favorates include a stunning portrait of American portraitist Cecilia LKJ and a colorful rendition of Nabis painter Elisabeth Chaplin, painted in Fiesole when the artist was in her teens.

Scheduled for 3pm on Friday, April 12, the event is led by The Florentine’s Editor-at-large Alexandra Lawrence and inspired by TF’s latest guidebook, Art by Women in Florence: A Guide through Five Hundred Years. Authors Jane Fortune and Linda Falcone will accompany this special visit, including a celebratory post-walk aperitivo in Piazza Pitti. Event also includes a copy of the book whose proceeds are given in support of restoration projects in Florence’s churches, museums and storage facilities.

Vasari Corridor tour: 3pm on Friday, April 12
Meeting point: Loggia dei Lanzi, under the statue of Perseus. 60 euro.
Reservations are required by emailing a.lawrence@theflorentine.net or calling 333/8689458

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