Author: Rea Stavropoulos

Rea Stavropoulos is an artist, writer and advocate for AWA. Find out more at and email her at [email protected]
May 29, 2019

A drama for our times: The Ballet of the Nations

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.   […]
June 13, 2018

What does it mean to “adopt an Apostle”?

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?
November 8, 2016

An Ambassadress for Florence and “Una Grande Fiorentina”

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 […]
April 11, 2013

By choice and coincidences

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
April 7, 2011

Looking over Leonardo’s shoulder

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
December 9, 2010

Women artists ‘of wit and great ingenuity’

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
July 1, 2010

Visibility for women artists

We introduce this space as a forum in which TF readers can voice and exchange their opinions, concerns and kudos about life in Florence and Italy. E-mail your letters to the editor, essays and opinion pieces to [email protected] and we will publish them, depending on available space,
June 18, 2009

Painting the spring in a Florentine garden

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
October 4, 2007

From Babylon to Boboli

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
July 12, 2007

Survival strategies for strug-gling artists

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