Restoration Conversations: Women Artists and the Abstract Revolution
5pm/ April 21
On April 21 at 5pm, Christian and Florence Levett will talk with Linda Falcone, director of Advancing Women Artists, about the (mostly American) female abstraction art collection in his Florence home, which features works by Elaine de Kooning, Louise Bourgeois and Louise Nevelson, Joan Mitchell, Helen Frankenthaler, Cecily Brown and Tracey Emin, amongst others. Tune into The Florentine’s YouTube channel for the live conversation.
The Uffizi exhibition on women in Ancient Rome goes digital and is now available as a virtual tour. Titled Empresses, Matrons, Freedwomen, the exhibition opened last November, but had to close after just one day due to the pandemic-necessitated restrictions. It's the first time the Uffizi has ever offered a tour in digital tour format that is free and and accessible both via computer and smartphone. The archaeological display focuses on the figure and role of women in ancient Rome, with about 30 sculptures set up in the Detti room and the Sala del Camino. Curated by Novella Lapini and support of the Antiquities manager, Fabrizio Paolucci, it can now be admired from wherever you are
From 9am to 7pm on April 18 in piazza Santo Spirito, stalls are stocked with local products that vary from jams and honey to grains of all sorts. More info on their Facebook and website. Given that the artisans' market is currently not able to go ahead, have a look at the La Fierucola craftspeople and support their work here.
Talk presented by Professor Giulia Calvi
The Breyer Center for Overseas Studies in Florence presents a two-part series dedicated to the 1630 Plague in Florence, delivered by the Stanford in Florence instructor, historian Professor Giulia Calvi. The talks take place at 7pm on April 21, looking at 'Patient O: The Story of the Poulterer from Bologna', and the arrival of the plague into the city. The session will also feature an interview with Marco Geddes, past medical director of the Florence's Santa Maria Nuova Hospital and former Florence city council member for public healthy, as well as the author of 'Healthcare in the Time of Coronavirus' (2020). Part 2 will be held at 7pm, April 28, and will focus on 'Public Health in Times of Contagion: An Integrated Structure'. The talks will explore how the plague was handled 400 years ago, and what history can teach us about today's global pandemic. The series is pre-recorded, with a live question and answer session to follow the lectures. Register here, and find info about upcoming events on their website.