Author: Jane Fortune

Author and philanthropist, Dr. Jane Fortune is founder and chair of the Advancing Women Artists Foundation and creator of the Jane Fortune Research Program on Women Artists in the Age of the Medici at the Medici Archive Project. Her books include When the World Answered: Florence, Women Artists and the 1966 Flood; To Florence, Con Amore: 90 Ways to Love the City; Art by Women in Florence and Invisible Women: Forgotten Artists of Florence. She is known as “Indiana Jane” because of her efforts to identify and restore art by women artists in Florentine museums and deposits.
March 8, 2007

Still-life revival

In the Middle Ages, artists had little flexibility for expression, especially when painting devout themes with moral undertones. Renaissance iconography continued to be religious and mythical, but it became more common for artists to depict the human form. By the 16th century, still-life had evolved considerably, and painters started

Around the world and back again

A special exhibition honoring the Medici family is currently touring the United States. Natura Morta - Still-Life Painting and the Medici Collections consists of 43 works from the 16th to 18th century, by Italian, Dutch, Flemish and French artists. It also includes several pieces of Italian pietre dure (colored stone-
February 22, 2007

Five works worth a trip

Five works worth a trip In many cities in Italy, there is one piece of art that stands out above all others. This week, I will highlight five Italian cities and the one precious work of art, or an artist’s composite of works. These works often do not
February 8, 2007

Ristorante I’ che c c’

I’ che’ c’è c’è Restaurant Via Magalotti 11/r, Florence (A side street off Borgo dei Greci between Piazza Santa Croce and Piazza della Signoria) Closed: Mondays Tel: 055-216589 Located in the oldest section of Florence, this is another wonderful family restaurant. Friendly,

In the words of restorer Rossella Lari

Rossella Lari: I’d like to express my deepest gratitude to the Florence Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and in particular to Jane Fortune and Magnolia Scudieri, for giving me the opportunity to restore Plautilla Nelli’s Lamentation. Often people have asked me
January 25, 2007

Ristorante Paoli

Ristorante Paoli Via dei Tavolini 12/r (off Via Calzaiuoli, between the Piazza delle Signoria and Piazza del Duomo) Tel: 055-216215
Closed on Tuesdays 
Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun: hours: 12–3pm; 7pm–12pm The building dates back to the 14th century

Renaissance Florentine Opera

Florence is dominated by Renaissance painting and sculpture. However, while it is not widely recognized locally, nationally or internationally, what we know as opera today began in Florence. Its birth represents an important epoch in the evolution of the Renassance and marks a very important milestone in the development of
January 11, 2007

Jane’s Gems

Biblioteca Marucelliana Via Cavour 43-45 Opened to the public in 1752, it contains a half million texts and manuscripts, which date back to the Middle Ages. Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale Piazza dei Cavalleggeri 1 Built in 1911-1935, the library collection dates back to 1714 when Antonio Magliabechi donated over

Trattoria Sabatino

TRATTORIA SABATINO Via Pisana 2/r (Oltrarno, near Porta San Frediano) Tel: 055 22 59 55 Closed Saturday and Sunday Trattoria Sabatino is family run and serves inexpensive, homemade, traditional, ‘old’ Florentine dishes. Frequented mainly by Italians, it is particularly popular with the artisans in the neighborhood who
December 14, 2006

Officina Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella

L’Officina Farmaceutica di Santa Maria NovellaVia della Scala, 16Open: Mon-Sat: 9:30am to 7:30pmOne of the oldest pharmacies in the world, l’Officina Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella was founded in 1221, when Dominican friars first started using natural methods to cultivate plants and herbs