The Ballet of the Nations, Vernon Lee’s pacifist dance drama written in London in 1915 during World War I when she was unable to return to her home, Villa Il Palmerino in Florence, has never been performed live before. Now there will be two public shows in the idyllic grounds of Lee’s former residence. […]
What would it mean to “adopt an Apostle”, to participate in the restoration of a damaged and forgotten masterpiece so that it will be possible for our contemporaries and also future generations to be captivated and moved by it as I was a few weeks ago on my visit to the restorer’s studio?
Many of us “expats” have fallen in love with Florence and made the city our home, but few, if any, will have had the insight, drive and determination of Jane Fortune to search, discover, retrieve, restore and present to the city an overlooked and invisible part of its history, making visible the works of Florence’s […]
Forty years ago this month, I set out from London as a teenager on my ‘grand tour’ that was to take me from art history studies at the British Institute in Florence to an archaeological dig in Herculaneum, via Magic Bus to Marrakesh and the Orient Express to
In London last spring, over 120,000
visitors crowded into a temporary exhibition at the British Museum to look at
small works on paper from the Italian Quattrocento. The exhibit, Drawings from
Fra' Angelico to Leonardo, was described as a ‘once in a lifetime' exhibition
by the media and
Who am I?' ‘What am I doing here?' ‘How do I wish to be remembered?' These are among the questions that an artist may ask herself as she tries to decide how she will represent herself to the world, what to reveal and what to mask. The upcoming
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On a slope a few hundred metres outside the medieval city gate of San Niccolò, I sit secluded among olive and cypress trees, contemplating the panorama of Florence spread out before me, in the company of the Queen of Denmark, William Shakespeare and the Princess of Monaco-just some
Florence is a city that guards its secrets well. Among these are the many gardens hidden behind impenetrable doors and iron gates. The visitor walking through the city’s stone streets may catch a glimpse of a flower-filled courtyard through a slit in a heavy Renaissance door
There are defining moments in history, when a particular city has become synonymous with a certain kind of artistic vision: such are Florence and the Renaissance, Paris and Impressionism, New York and Abstract Expressionism; contemporary London and young British artists.
How did this come about? Was it competition