An ancient villa whose revolutionary spirit lives on is a fitting setting for events spotlighting women's creativity. Il Palmerino, the villa once owned by British writer Vernon Lee (Violet Paget), is hosting a series called Women in the Arts: Portraits and Self-Portraits of Female Protagonists.
On April 29, Jane Fortune, author of Invisible Women: The Forgotten Artists of Florence, will be teaming up with Cristina Acidini, superintendent of Florence's Polo Museale, for Invisible Women: Contemporary Passions, a conference in English through which the public can learn about the restoration, recovery and exhibition of hidden treasures by women artists working in Florence throughout the centuries.
On May 19, All the Rivers in the World: Amazonia, Women and Poetry will feature readings by Brazilian artist and candidate for the Nobel prize for literature Marcia Teophilo. On June 4, Floraleda Sacchi, will present Feminine Notes: Compositions for the Harp by Sophie Corri and other Female Composers.
On the border of Florence and Fiesole, the newly restored fifteenth-century villa is a cultural hub for local art-linked initiatives. ‘This house has a female soul,' says organizer Federica Parretti, granddaughter of English painter and writer Carola Costa (Lola), who purchased the house with her husband, Florentine artist Federigo Angeli, after Lee's death in the mid 1930s. ‘The two women never met,' Parretti explains, ‘but they both worked to make the villa a thriving literary salon where artists, writers and great thinkers could gather together. Both made many efforts in favor of the emancipation of women during their time and, as an association, Il Palmerino has inherited their commitment. We thought it only fitting to create a program that mirrors this immense cultural heritage.'
INVISIBLE WOMEN: CONTEMPORARY PASSIONS
Thursday, April 29, 5.30pm
Speakers: Jane Fortune and Cristina Acidini
Via del Palmerino 8, Florence.
(Ataf bus 7, San Domenico stop)
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