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 3, 2016

Ladies from afar for Florence

On November 4, 2016, Florence’s Twentieth-Century Museum will inaugurate an exhibition featuring works by multiple artists who gifted art to Florence after the 1966 flood to show their support for the damaged city. These works were given on the promise that they would become part of International Contemporary Art Museum, which was inaugurated 48 years […]
October 5, 2016

The harmony of glass

When I first met glass designer Ita Barbini several years ago at her Venetian studio, I was fascinated to learn more about the mysterious art of glass making. A 30-year career teaching the art of glass at Venice’s Istituto d’Arte, days on end at the furnace following each step of the production process and a […]
September 7, 2016

New views of Violante

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the flood that devastated Florence on November 4, 1966. Much has been written about the 14,000-plus artworks affected by the disaster, but restorers are still determining just how far-reaching the damage really was. In fact, flooded works are still being discovered. The flood’s “most recent victim” was discovered […]
July 3, 2016

Antonietta Brandeis at the Innocenti

The search for history’s hidden stories has always been one of my personal passions. It was this passion that brought me to piazza Santissima Annunziata one autumn morning in 2012 to explore the Innocenti Museum, in the company of its head curator Eleonora Mazzocchi and Florence-based restorer Elizabeth Wicks. The museum was closed to the […]
May 29, 2016

What next for the Vasari Corridor?

The Vasari Corridor was commissioned by Cosimo I de’ Medici from Giorgio Vasari in 1564, on the eve of the marriage of his son to Johanna of Austria; the kilometer-long “monumental urban footpath” connects the south side of the Palazzo Vecchio to the Medici family’s then-residence at the Pitti Palace. It goes through the Uffizi […]
May 5, 2016

2016 cultural program by AWA

Adriana Pincherle (1906–96) and Eloisa Pacini (1928–74) are two very different painters in style and in personality, whose commonality was their love for Florence—the place they made their creative home. They are the “leading ladies” of the 2016 edition of “Women Artists of the 1900s”. This biennial program pairs together a well-known artist with one […]
April 10, 2016

Welcoming the Amalia Ciardi Duprè museum

The Florentine’s culture editor, Jane Fortune, scopes out a new exhibition venue and cultural center on via degli Artisti, spotlighting one of Tuscany’s top woman sculptors and her life’s work—now on permanent public view.     Florentine sculptress Amalia Ciardi Duprè is known for her art and her pearls of wisdom. When asked about her […]
October 1, 2015

World Premiere of When the World Answered

SAVE THE DATE!  When the World Answered, the new PBS documentary based on the book by Jane Fortune and Linda Falcone, will premiere at Florence’s Odeon Cinema Hall at 6.30pm on Tuesday, October 20.   The idea to restore art by women started as a way for me to give something back to the city […]
September 10, 2015

The spirit of Caesar… in the soul of a woman

Artemisia Gentileschi's Mary Magdalene, Apelles Art Collection, Luxembourg. Copyright: Kik-irpa BrusselsJane Fortune: Nearly 25 years ago you wrote ‘Artemisia has suffered from a level of scholarly neglect that is unheard of for a male artist of her caliber.’ Is this still true today?Mary Garrard: No,
May 28, 2015

Michael Palin and Artemisia

  The Florentine’s culture editor Jane Fortune recently met with Michael Palin when he interviewed her for his upcoming BBC art documentary on Baroque master Artemisia Gentileschi. Since then, Jane swears that the media has done right by christening Palin ‘Britain’s Nicest Man.’  When asked about this title, Palin laughingly shakes it off as ‘a […]