Restoration Conversations: The world’s oldest drawing academy, Accademia delle Arti del Disegno

An interview with AADFI president Cristina Acidini, livestreamed on February 5

Editorial Staff
January 26, 2021 - 11:35

The next instalment of the Restoration Conversations series organized by Advancing Women Artists in collaboration with The Florentine takes place on Friday, February 5, 2021. The world's oldest drawing academy, Accademia delle Arti del Disegno, is the subject of this session with Director of AWA, Linda Falcone, in conversation with AADFI president, Cristina Acidini.



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The talk will look at whether we can claim that this is where the Renaissance really started and presents a unique opportunity to (virtually) visit where art training began - the world over - in a space that's only very rarely open to the public.


Florence’s Drawing Academy, which has been open continuously since 1563, was ideated by Giorgio Vasari and founded by Cosimo I de’ Medici as an association for artists at a time when painters still belonged to the Guild of Physicians and Spice Makers, given that their craft involved the grinding of colours. Accademia del Disegno president Dr. Cristina Acidini is set to reveal the secrets of this intriguing venue at the very heart of Florence's art history, whose ranks include Michelangelo, Bronzino and Artemisia Gentileschi, the first woman granted membership, in 1615.


The event is free and can be viewed on The Florentine's YouTube Channel. Don't forget to subscribe!

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February 5: 6.30pm in Italy; 12.30pm EST; 9.30am PST; 5.30pm in the UK


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