JANE FORTUNE

Jane Fortune

Author of To Florence, Con Amore: 90 Ways to Love the City and Invisible Women: Forgotten Artists of Florence, Dr. Jane Fortune is known in Florence as "Indiana Jane" for her efforts to identify and restore art treasures by women artists in Florentine museums and deposits. Author and philanthropist, she 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.
Life

The accursed ditch

Flood markers throughout Florence
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 203/2014 / October 2, 2014)
In autumn, it rains copiously in Florence, often causing the Arno River to swell and sometimes overflow. With many tributaries and limestone and granite basins that provide very little absorption, the river is prone to spilling over its banks. In fact, …
The Arts

Imelde Siviero

Spotlighting Casa Siviero's 'Invisible Woman'
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 202/2014 / September 11, 2014)
The burnt-yellow nineteenth-century villa, where Imelde Siviero (Pisa, 1918–99) lived, was designed by Giuseppe Poggi, the urban architect who broadened Florence’s constricted medieval structures to create avenues befitting the capital of a newly born Italy. Casa Siviero stands on lungarno Serristori, …
The Arts

'Woman and Painter of the 1900s'

Artist Flavia Arlotta on show at the Accademia delle Arti del Disegno
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 201/2014 / July 3, 2014)
The cultural program A Year of Art in Florence for Giovanni Colacicchi foresees a noteworthy calendar of events at various Florentine venues spotlighting the key twentieth-century painter. The Florentine’s cultural editor Jane Fortune explores one of these ‘gems’—a satellite exhibition dedicated …
The Arts

Florence awaits the Museo del Novecento

Homeless art finds new home in piazza Santa Maria Novella
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 200/2014 / June 5, 2014)
On November 4, 1966, the Arno River flooded Florence, and as 600,000 tons of oil-laced mud, sewage and rubble engulfed one the world’s most beloved art capitals, 14,000 artworks and some 4 million rare manuscripts and books were lost. Renowned art …
The Arts

Reclaiming 20th century art

Spotlight on expat artists
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 198/2014 / April 3, 2014)
In the early 1900s, Tuscany was a magnet for Italy-loving expats. Many frequented the literary circles of Florence, among them Vernon Lee, Gertrude Stein, Bernard Berenson and Iris Origo; others created art, such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Maurice Denis and Carlo …
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Women artists and Wikipedia

Writers' 'marathon' to commemorate International Women's Day
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 197/2014 / February 27, 2014)
On Friday, March 7, the Advancing Women Artists Foundation (AWA) and Syracuse University, with the support of the U.S. Consulate General in Florence, will commemorate International Women’s Day with a special event: Women Artists and Wikipedia. This editing marathon will bring …
The Arts

Stirring ideas

Florence's historic coffeehouses
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 193/2013 / November 21, 2013)
Since the 1850s, cafés in Florence have been characteristic haunts: places for intense political discussions and bitter quarrels or creative spaces where kindred souls gave each other the courage to follow their passions. Once social hubs for the socially and intellectually …
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'Pink' is the place

Discovering Santa Croce's monuments to women
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 190/2013 / October 10, 2013)
With the unification of Italy, the Basilica of Santa Croce became known as the Pantheon of Italian Glories, where the country’s most illustrious personalities would find their final resting place. Many marble tombs to prominent women—from princesses to art patrons and …
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Mindful meandering

Eight expressions of museum etiquette in Florence
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 188/2013 / September 12, 2013)
This August, at the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, an American surgeon was measuring his finger against one on the hand of Giovanni d’Ambrogio’s 600-year-old statue of the Virgin Mary. As a result of this gesture, the finger—which was a plaster replacement …
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For a poet supreme

The Societa Dantesca Italiana
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 186/2013 / June 20, 2013)
Dante and his Divine Comedy is a ‘hot’ topic lately, thanks to Dan Brown’s latest mystery, Inferno, set mainly in Florence (see page 18). However, few visitors to the city know that 24,000 Dante-inspired volumes can be found at Florence’s Società …
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'By any other name'

Spotlight on artist Daphne Maugham Casorati (1897?1982)
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 184/2013 / May 23, 2013)
Daphne Maugham fell in love with artist Felice Casorati long before the couple met, thanks to a painting he had produced of Cynthia, her dancer sister, while she was a prima ballerina at Turin’s private Teatro Gualino. Recognizing a maestro from …
The Arts

'Deeper study, greater grace?'

Court painter Sofonisba Anguissola, admired by Michelangelo, Vasari and Phillip II
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 182/2013 / April 25, 2013)
When the father of Sofonisba Anguissola (1532–1625), an affluent nobleman from Genoa, sent Michelangelo her drawing entitled Laughing Girl, the Renaissance master openly admired her talent, challenging her to draw an emotional expression that was more difficult to depict: crying. Her …
The Arts

Surviving 'hell and high water'

A sculptor whose works made history
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 180/2013 / March 28, 2013)
Nineteenth-century Florence was home to many well-known writers, artists and political personalities who were women, from Elisabeth Browning to Carolina Bonaparte. Tuscan-born sculptor Félicie de Fauveau (1801–1886; see TF 64 and 165) was embraced by the international intellectual community, gaining commissions …
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A farmhouse for foreign artists

Richard Fremantle's eclectic collection
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 178/2013 / February 28, 2013)
Foreign artists of many mediums have worked and studied in Tuscany for centuries, seeking inspiration from its masterful art and evocative landscape. Yet, who are some of the creative personalities that have produced art here during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries? …
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Sarai and the buffalo

Artist Sarai Sherman and Il Bisonte Gallery
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 176/2013 / January 31, 2013)
Florence's Il Bisonte Gallery's viewable collection of lithographs boasts several top names in twentieth-century art. Visitors to the gallery are welcome to stop into its pleasant, wood-floored room, with its walls lined with racks of signed, poster-sized lithographs. Among the artists featured are Italian Pop Art …
Insider Florence

Art and nature at odds

Restored treasures at Santa Croce's Sala del Cenacolo
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 174/2012 / December 13, 2012)
As one of the lowest-lying areas in Florence, the Santa Croce district bore the brunt of the dire flood that ravaged the city in November 1966, damaging innumerable art works, including several gems (now restored) that are currently exhibited in Santa Croce's refectory room, or …
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Violet del Palmerino

Meeting Vernon Lee at Villa il Palmerino
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 169/2012 / September 27, 2012)
Oscar Wilde, Aldous Huxley and Edith Wharton all came to visit her. Henry James and Mario Praz frequented her salons. English writer Vernon Lee welcomed them all. For 46 years, at her villa, Il Palmerino, Lee ‘held court' for a vast network of Anglo-American and …
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Frescos of a 'faultless' painter

Andrea del Sarto at the Chiostro dello Scalzo
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 167/2012 / July 12, 2012)
Those looking for an art-filled, meditative spot without Florence's summer crowds should make a quiet visit to the Chiostro dello Scalzo, located on the city's ultra-central via Cavour, just past the church of San Marco. With any luck, you'll be alone to admire its …
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She says 'sculpture'

by Jane Fortune (issue no. 166/2012 / June 21, 2012)
  A city famed for its Renaissance sculpture, Florence also hosts interesting works by female sculptors. Following what she has coined the Women Artists' Trail, TF's culture editor Jane Fortune scouts out two little known examples of sculpture by women.   Adelaide Pandiani Maraini at the Allori …
Vespucci Year

Discovering Browning, Lee and De Fauveau

A literary itinerary in Florence?
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 165/2012 / June 7, 2012)
Inspired by a Florentine itinerary linked to Palazzo Strozzi's city-wide cultural and artistic extravaganza, the exhibit, American's in Florence: Sargent and the American Impressionists, The Florentine’s culture editor, Jane Fortune, shares her ‘gems,’ treasures that spotlight the importance of international artists …
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Florence from on high

Great views to escape the rush
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 164/2012 / May 24, 2012)
Florence, with its austere pietra serena (sandstone) buildings, never fails to excite one's emotions! It is most magical either as the sun begins to spread across the brick-red roofs or as it sets, reflecting its glorious golden colors on the surface …
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A day for discoveries

Women artists, Medici easels and new attributions
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 158/2012 / March 1, 2012)
The Florentine's culture editor, Dr. Jane Fortune, is known in Florence as ‘Indiana Jane' because of her efforts to identify and restore art treasures by women artists in Florentine museums and deposits. Author and philanthropist, she is founder and chair of the Advancing Women …
The Arts

The strength of a woman

Irene Parenti Duclos, painter
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 150/2011 / October 13, 2011)
The Florentine's culture editor, Dr. Jane Fortune is known in Florence as ‘Indiana Jane' for her efforts to identify and restore art treasures by women artists in Florentine museums and deposits. Author and philanthropist, she is founder and chair of the …
Current Issues

A space of their own

The quest to reclaim permanent visibility for women artists
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 135/2011 / January 27, 2011)
The exhibition Self-Portraits: Artists of Wit and Great Ingenuity, at the Sala delle Reali Poste until January 30, offers a rare glimpse of self-portraits by women artists-several of which have not been on public view for centuries. I am elated that …
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Finding oneself

Self portraits by women in the Vasari Corridor
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 121/2010 / April 22, 2010)
Nearly 400 pairs of eyes follow the visitor down the elevated passageway that stretches from Florence's Palazzo Vecchio to Palazzo Pitti. In 1565, Cosimo I de' Medici commissioned Giorgio Vasari to design and build (in just five months!) the one-kilometer structure …
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Drawing conclusions

Elisabetta Sirani and the Gabinetto di disegni e stampe
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 115/2009 / January 28, 2010)
This is a chapter from Jane Fortune's book Invisible Women: Forgotten Artists of Florence     Suspicious that artist Elisabetta Sirani (1638-1665) had been poisoned by an envious maid, her father forced authorities to exhume her corpse from a vault in the Bolognese church of San Domenico. Thus, the …
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Angelica Maria Anna Katarina Kauffman

A name for each country
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 114/2009 / January 21, 2010)
A child prodigy who copied the masters and painted the powerful, Angelica Kauffman (also spelled Kauffmann; 1741-1807) accompanied her father on a five-year journey through Milan, Venice, Parma and Naples. Johann Joseph Kauffman was a minor Swiss painter of portraits and …
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Marietta Robusti

Her father's daughter
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 107/2009 / September 10, 2009)
In her forthcoming book, Invisible women, Jane Fortune spotlights women whose lives and works have enriched Florence's artistic wealth throughout the centuries. Marietta Robusti, known as ‘La Tintoretta,' is one of these women, and her paintings are part of the Florentine collections.     Marietta Robusti …
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Back...and forth

A painting and a writer return-and go to Pisa
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 105/2009 / July 2, 2009)
It has been a long time since my last ‘Mosaics'. My lengthy leave of absence, however, was not a result of writer's block. I was diagnosed with breast cancer, and in 2008 I was fighting for my life. As my doctor …
Insider Florence

Rediscovering Artemisia

Work by an intriguing baroque artist restored
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 91/2008 / November 27, 2008)
  Passion, intrigue, drama, torture and art. The life of Artemisia Gentileschi-one of the world's greatest Baroque artists-has all the chiaroscuro trappings of a romance …
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Think Spring!

Art in the garden
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 76/2008 / April 3, 2008)
The Garden of Daniel Spoerri   In the early 1990s, Romanian-born Spoerri created a sculpture garden of 16 hectors in the town of Seggiano. Ninety installations are placed among 200 olive trees and the remains of old vineyards and chestnut woods. All of the …
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The Art of Women: From the Renaissance to Surrealism

Noteworthy exhibit comes to Milan
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 73/2008 / February 21, 2008)
The Art of Women from the Renaissance to Surrealism, open until April 6 at Milan’s Palazzo Reale, spotlights five centuries of art by women and showcases 200 works representing 110 women artists. As the exhibition’s name suggests, there is something for …
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Ravenna, the capital of mosaics

by Jane Fortune (issue no. 70/2008 / January 10, 2008)
In 402AD, the Roman emperor Honorius decreed the city of Ravenna the capital of the Western world, a title it kept until the eighth century. The city became the center for mosaic art in the fifth and sixth centuries, and Ravenna, …
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Please Touch

Alinari National Museum of Photography
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 65/2007 / October 18, 2007)
Most people who head to Florence do so to see its Renaissance art treasures. But did you know that Florence boasts one of the world’s finest photography museums?   Florence is the home of Alinari, the world’s oldest firm working in the field …
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Women at work

by Jane Fortune (issue no. 64/2007 / October 4, 2007)
‘Sculpture is the art of producing, in three dimensions, representations of natural or imagined forms. It includes sculpture in the round, which can be viewed from any direction, as well as incised relief, in which lines are carved into a flat …
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Everything fresco

by Jane Fortune (issue no. 62/2007 / September 6, 2007)
Frescoes reached their splendor in the Renaissance and Baroque periods, and Florence abounds with incredibly beautiful frescoes that the decorate walls and ceilings of churches and cloisters, public buildings and private homes. Understand the work that went into creating these paintings …
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Frescoes in Florence

Janes Gems
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 62/2007 / September 6, 2007)
There are many important, and splendid, frescoes in Florence, among them the cenacoli (Last Supper paintings), all of which are frescoes. To get you started, here is a list of frescoes I believe should not be missed: The Brancacci Chapel: Masolinos and …
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Going to the chapel

by Jane Fortune (issue no. 61/2007 / July 26, 2007)
A chapel is a place for prayer, meditation, or private worship. A recess or small room within a church or cathedral; space in the private quarters of a state building (such as the chapel of Eleonora of Toledo’s chapel in the …
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Its a small world

Jane's Gems
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 61/2007 / July 26, 2007)
I live in Indianapolis, Indiana, part of the year. I was very surprised when I received an announcement that Sharon Oddson Gargani was arriving to give cooking demonstrations and to sign her book, Once Upon a Tuscan Table, Tales and Recipes …
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Shared secrets

by Jane Fortune (issue no. 60/2007 / July 12, 2007)
The huge brown stone cube that presides over the Piazza della Signoria and whose tower figures so prominently in Florence’s skyline is equally imposing in the history of Florence. For nearly 700 years, the Palazzo Vecchio (‘Old Palace’) has been the …
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Donatellos David restoration on display

Jane's Gems
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 60/2007 / July 12, 2007)
Donatello’s David (1440), in the National Museum of the Bargello, is undergoing an 18-month restoration. This fifteenth-century bronze statue, the first free-standing nude statue by a Western artist since antiquity, will be cleaned while visitors to the Bargello watch. All the …
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Recommended reading

Jane's Gems
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 60/2007 / July 12, 2007)
I have enjoyed many, many books set in Italy or about its people, history, and art. Here are some that I have enjoyed recently and think you might, too:   April Blood, by Lauro Martines, is about Florence and the plot against the …
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Variation on a theme: Annunciation

by Jane Fortune (issue no. 59/2007 / June 28, 2007)
An annunciation is an announcement, a proclamation. In Christianity, the annunciation is the moment the angel Gabriel appears to the Virgin Mary, telling her that she will bear the son of God. A feast to celebrate this event is observed on …
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Artemisia Gentileschi Annunciation

Jane's Gems
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 59/2007 / June 28, 2007)
In my research, I have found it puzzling that only one annunciation was cited as done by a woman’s hand. This reference is in Germaine Greer’s book, The Obstacle Race. She mentions an Artemisia Gentileschi Annunciation (1630) in the Capodimonte Museum, …
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Three ways to delight the eye

by Jane Fortune (issue no. 58/2007 / June 14, 2007)
A treasure trove of trompe l’oeil painting, a stone prison turned into a showplace for sculpture, and a workshop for exquisite pietra dura creations: a visit to these three gems of Florence offer a rich visual experience that will leave you …
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Mistress of illusion

Jane's Gems
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 58/2007 / June 14, 2007)
Tania Vartan’s stunning apartment, which is covered floor to ceiling with her elegant trompe l’oeil designs and delicious, decorative paintings, is a feast for the eyes and the creative senses. Her transformation of a drab Ikea cabinet into a beautiful furniture …
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Discovering historic and museum gardens

by Jane Fortune (issue no. 57/2007 / May 31, 2007)
Spring is the region’s most beautiful season and a wonderful time to discover historic and museum gardens as well as outdoor sculpture parks.  It is also an opportunity to explore contemporary art.  Here are three reasons to venture beyond Florence and …
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'La Lollo'

Jane's Gems
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 57/2007 / May 31, 2007)
Gina Lollobrigida, actress, painter, photographer, and sculptress.   Before she was a film star, Gina Lollobrigida was an art student. She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome and, after a very successful film career, went back to her artistic beginnings—sculpture. …
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Visual legacies

Italian women artists from Renaissance to Baroque
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 56/2007 / May 17, 2007)
The Florence Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) recently restored Suor Plautilla Nell i’s Lamentaion with Saints, housed in Museo di San Marco. Suor Plautilla Nelli is the first known woman painter of Florence, as some readers …
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The documentary CD of the restoration of Nellis Lamentation

Jane's Gems
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 56/2007 / May 17, 2007)
The documentary CD of the restoration of Nelli’s Lamentation can be seen until 19th of May at the Museo di San Marco, in the large refectory room, near Suor Plautilla’s painting.   The beautiful 271 page exhibition catalogue, Italian Women Artists from Renaissance …
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Last words

Cenacoli in Florence
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 55/2007 / May 3, 2007)
Many religious orders had monumental representations of the Last Supper in the refectories (or eating rooms) of their monasteries and convents. This choice of subject matter was to remind the religious of Christ’s sacrificial self-perpetuation in the form of bread and …
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Close encounters of the artistic kind

by Jane Fortune (issue no. 54/2007 / April 19, 2007)
La Crocifissione del Perugino In the Convent of Santa Maria Maddalena dei Pazzi via Borgo Pinti, 58 Monday–Sunday, 9am–12pm and 5pm–7pm (but hours vary; please check first) Donation: 1.30 euro Information: 055.24 78 420   Founded in 1321, the convent was named for a Carmelite nun from awealthy …
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Ristorante Da Delfina

by Jane Fortune (issue no. 54/2007 / April 19, 2007)
Ristorante Da Delfina via della Chiesa 1, Artimino (15 miles west of Florence, just outside the medieval walled village of Artimino). It is one of the few restaurants in Italy to have a Michelin star. Tel. 055/ 8718071 or 055/8718119 Closed all day Monday, Sunday …
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Overlooked treasures

Beyond the beaten track
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 53/2007 / April 5, 2007)
Florence is home to 70 museums, both large and small, but its art history is mainly concentrated in three of the city’s most visited galleries—the Uffizi, the Palatine at the Pitti Palace and the Academia.   The Uffizi holds the Medici family …
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The crucifix attribuited to Michelangelo

Jane's Gems
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 53/2007 / April 5, 2007)
Church of Santo Spirito (in the sacristy, where the postcards are sold) Piazza Santo Spirito Open for Sunday mass: 8am; 10:30 am   Although not particularly easy to find, this exquisite polychrome wood sculpture was probably originally created for Santo Spirito’s high altar. It is still …
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Harry's Bar

Family Restaurant
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 53/2007 / April 5, 2007)
Harry’s Bar Lungarno Vespucci 22r 055/2396700 Open Tuesday–Sunday, 11am–3pm; 7pm–12am Ask for Franco, Harry’s maitre de’, who is a gem. Harry’s Bar is a very special place—an elegant American bar with an international crowd and a sophisticated menu. Not related to …
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Guilded in Florence

From apprentice and journeyman to master
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 52/2007 / March 22, 2007)
Once the life-blood of Florence, the traditional artisan has all but disappeared because of industry and the bureaucracy of unions. These days, apprentices with no experience have to be paid, whereas with guilds, only the master was paid to teach the …
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Orsanmichele, the church that guilds built

Jane's Gems
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 52/2007 / March 22, 2007)
Built by the city guilds, which encompassed both civil and religious functions, Orsanmichele was constructed in 1336, on the site of San Michele monastery’s kitchen garden. Originally a grain market, it was converted into a church from 1380 to 1404 and …
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Palazzo dell'arte dei giudici e notai, guild of justice

Jane's Gems
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 52/2007 / March 22, 2007)
The palazzo contains frescoes commissioned in the 14th century by the guild of judges and notaries. The frescoes have recently been restored by Danelia Dini and Marcia Monica Donato. On the vaulted ceiling, visitors can appreciate a wonderful fresco of the …
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Around the world and back again

by Jane Fortune (issue no. 51/2007 / March 8, 2007)
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 …
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Still-life revival

by Jane Fortune (issue no. 51/2007 / March 8, 2007)
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 …
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A woman's touch - The evolution of early Italian still-life

Jane's Gems
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 51/2007 / March 8, 2007)
Women artists often tried their hand at painting lofty subjects, but their knowledge was mostly secondhand and supported solely by viewing other paintings. Since women painters were excluded from higher forms of artistic training, their experience of the world was often …
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Nanamuta

Family Restaurant
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 51/2007 / March 8, 2007)
Nanamuta Corso Italia 35 055/2675612 Open for lunch Monday–Friday; open for dinner every night   Nanamuta’s logo is a duck with a ribbon tied around its beak (nana muta). Owner Lorenzo Guidi’s modern res-taurant serves very traditional Tuscan cuisine. Two blocks …
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Five works worth a trip

Jane's Gems
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 50/2007 / February 22, 2007)
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 …
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In the words of restorer Rossella Lari

Jane's Gems
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 49/2007 / February 8, 2007)
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. …
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Ristorante I' che c c'

Family Restaurant
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 49/2007 / February 8, 2007)
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. …
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Renaissance Florentine Opera

Jane's Gems
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 48/2007 / January 25, 2007)
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 …
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Ristorante Paoli

Family Restaurant
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 48/2007 / January 25, 2007)
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 and the restaurant was opened in 1824. …
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Trattoria Sabatino

Family Restaurant
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 47/2007 / January 11, 2007)
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 …
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Jane's Gems

by Jane Fortune (issue no. 47/2007 / January 11, 2007)
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 …
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Officina Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella

Jane's Gems
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 46/2006 / December 14, 2006)
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 …
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Trattoria Armando

Family Restaurant
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 46/2006 / December 14, 2006)
Trattoria Armando 140/r Via Borgognissanti055-216-219Closed Sunday and Monday for lunchA few steps away from the Teatro Comunale, Armando has served genuine dishes since 1957, using only the freshest seasonal ingredients and traditional Tuscan recipes. Guests are warmly welcomed by Alessandra and …
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Works by women artists in Florence museums

The neglected minority
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 45/2006 / November 30, 2006)
During my research for an upcoming guide book, I have come across a total of 45 women artists represented in Florentine museums. As an art-lover, rather than art historian, I was initially surprised to find so many works by both Italian …
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Trattoria Zibibbo

Family Restaurant
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 45/2006 / November 30, 2006)
ZIBIBBOVia di Terzollina 3/rTel: 055 433 383 (reservations are necessary) Monday-Friday: 8am-11pmSaturday: 8am-12pm Sunday:10am-3pmTen minutes from the center of Florence, this fabulous trattoria is unmistakably Mediterranean in flavor. Its kitchen is personally overseen by one of Florence’s most talented chefs, owner …
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Artisan belts

Jane's Gems
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 44/2006 / November 16, 2006)
InfinityBorgo S.S. Aspostoli 18/r055-239-8405www.infinityfirenze.com 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 …
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Giuggiu Jewellery

Jane's Gems
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 44/2006 / November 16, 2006)
Angela CaputiVia S. Spirito 58/r055-212-972www.angelalcaputi.com 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 is …
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Ristorante Leo in Santa Croce

Family Restaurant
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 44/2006 / November 16, 2006)
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 …
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Ristorante La Maremma

Family Restaurant
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 43/2006 / November 2, 2006)
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 …
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Unforgettable places and special works of art

A hidden jewel
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 42/2006 / October 19, 2006)
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 …
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The Church of Santa Croce

Jane's Gems
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 42/2006 / October 19, 2006)
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 …
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Ristorante del Fagioli

Family Restaurants
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 42/2006 / October 19, 2006)
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 …
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Orate pro pictoria - Prayer for the painter

Sister Nelli gets her due
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 42/2006 / October 19, 2006)
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? …
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Unforgettable places and special works of art

A hidden jewel
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 41/2006 / October 5, 2006)
Ilove any work by Jacopo Pontormo, a tortured soul who produced amazing Manneristic colors in his works. Doris Kryst describes Man-nerism as ‘an emotional accentuation of movement and expressions of the body, eccentric composition of space with distorted perspective, anatomical exaggeration, …
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Chiesa La Badia Fiorentina

Jane's Gems
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 41/2006 / October 5, 2006)
Chiesa La Badia FiorentinaVia del ProconsoloMidday Prayer Tuesday-Saturdayat 12:30pmThe church was founded and endowed in 978 by the German princess Willa, widow of Umberto, Margrave of Tuscia (Tuscany). The slender bell tower (la badia) is a landmark in the Florentine skyline …
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Museo di San Marco

by Jane Fortune (issue no. 41/2006 / October 5, 2006)
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 …
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Trattoria Pandemonio

Family Restaurants
by Jane Fortune (issue no. 41/2006 / October 5, 2006)
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. …

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