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.
November 16, 2006

Ristorante Leo in Santa Croce

Ristorante Leo in Santa CroceVia Torta, 7/r055-210829Closed Mondays The restaurant, built on the remains of an ancient Roman amphitheater, whose interior contains original capitals dating to the middle ages, is lovingly overseen by Mario Conti, Roberto Esposito and Angelo Tocci, its owners and chefs.  When we first

Giuggiu Jewellery

Angela CaputiVia S. Spirito 58/ Angela Caputi founded her signature ‘Giuggiu’ collection in Florence, in 1975. Known throughout Italy and abroad, she designs very high fashion costume jewelry. Her workshop, located at Via S. Spirito, 58, is staffed only by women–it

Artisan belts

InfinityBorgo S.S. Aspostoli 18/ Since 1973, Eugenio Provaroni and his American wife, Jane Dengler, have designed and hand made exquisite, often one of a kind, contemporary leather and metal belts in the old Florentine tradition. Their small workshop is located in an 11th-century
November 2, 2006

Ristorante La Maremma

Owner Enzo Ragazzini and his son, Luca, have been advising us on their food and wine for many years (with impromptu Italian lessons thrown in). Years ago we had a large family gathering at La Maremma. My partner, Bob, however, was not with us because he was ill. As we
October 19, 2006

Orate pro pictoria – Prayer for the painter

She came from a wealthy family with a street in Florence named after them. She hobnobbed with the famous painters of her day. She painted prodigiously, but only three paintings have been authenticated. Today, she remains virtually unknown. Who was she?   She was a woman at a time when

Ristorante del Fagioli

In this section, expect suggestions regarding restaurants Bob and I particularly love— for their good food, and especially the friendship and kindness each has extended to us over the 15 years we have been coming to Florence. Several restaurants will be well-known, others may not be, but each

The Church of Santa Croce

Florence’s Pantheon and my favorite church in Florence, Santa Croce hosts 270 tombstones that pave the floor of the church, honoring those who strongly impacted the course of history in the fields of art, history and music. The most famous tomb belongs to Michelangelo, followed by those of

Unforgettable places and special works of art

Tabernacles are lovely frescoed or sculptured niches shaped like small temples. During medieval times they were placed on almost every corner and usually contained a sacred image— often of the Madonna and Child. Tabernacles have been important since the 1200s but became particularly important in 1348, after the plague wiped out more than half of […]
October 5, 2006

Museo di San Marco

The Museum of San Marco was opened to the public in 1869 after the abolition of monasteries, which occurred in 1866. It has its own place inside the old monastery of San Marco, built between 1437 and 1444 under the patronage of Cosimo de’ Medici for the reformed Dominican

Trattoria Pandemonio

Trattoria PandemonioVia dei Leoni 50/rTel. 055-224-002 (reservations are necessary for dinner)Closed SundayRolando Brogi and his charming, personable, wife/chef, Giovanna Biagi, and their son/chef, Francesco, have created this wonderful restaurant. Full of warmth and informal confusion (pandemonio) the restaurant mirrors its name. The Brogi welcome