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).
The event’s speakers include Cristina Acidini,Superintendent for Florence’s Historical, Artistic and Ethno-anthropological Heritage and its Polo Museale, Giovanna Giusti, Director of Department for Nineteenth-century and Contemporary Art, Uffizi Gallery , Marilena Mosco, Former Director of the Pitti Palace’s Silver Museum and Porcelain Museum, Linda Falcone, Advancing Women Artists Foundation, Director, and Margherita Ciacci, New York University in Florence.
…. New book presentation
On April 28, at Il Palmerino, join us for the presentation of a new book entitled Chaplin and Costa Rediscovering Expat Women Painters in Tuscany, underwritten by the Advancing Women Artists Foundation and the Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze and published by The Florentine Press.
A word from the book jacket …
This series of lyrical essays follows the cypress-lined trail joining neighboring Tuscan villas, toward an intimate, image-filled journey documenting the lives and works of two international women artists who made the hills of Florence and Fiesole their creative home. Elisabeth Chaplin and Lola Costa: Rediscovering Expat Women Painters in Tuscany takes art lovers from the restoration studio into the museum spotlight, from the Pitti Palace’s Modern Art Gallery to Il Palmerino, the historic fort-tower turned artist haunt. This catalog-style volume, which accompanies the Florence exhibition Private Mythologies, offers a glimpse of female creativity in the 1900s and rediscovers a legacy that must not be left to fade into oblivion.
Myriad institutions played a part in the creation of this event and publication. AWA extends many thanks to our partners and sponsors in the series ‘Women Artists of the 1900s’ including the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, the Superintendent’s Office for Florence’s Historical, Artistic and Ethno-anthropological Patrimony and the city’s Polo Museale, The Consulate General of the United States of America in Florence, Florence’s Modern Art Gallery in the Pitti Palace, the Cultural Association Il Palmerino, and Florence’s Ente Cassa di Risparmio.