Author: Jane Fortune

Author and philanthropist, Dr. Jane Fortune 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. Her books include When the World Answered: Florence, Women Artists and the 1966 Flood; To Florence, Con Amore: 90 Ways to Love the City; Art by Women in Florence and Invisible Women: Forgotten Artists of Florence. She is known as “Indiana Jane” because of her efforts to identify and restore art by women artists in Florentine museums and deposits.
July 3, 2016

Antonietta Brandeis at the Innocenti

The search for history’s hidden stories has always been one of my personal passions. It was this passion that brought me to piazza Santissima Annunziata one autumn morning in 2012 to explore the Innocenti Museum, in the company of its head curator Eleonora Mazzocchi and Florence-based restorer Elizabeth Wicks. The museum was closed to the […]
May 29, 2016

What next for the Vasari Corridor?

The Vasari Corridor was commissioned by Cosimo I de’ Medici from Giorgio Vasari in 1564, on the eve of the marriage of his son to Johanna of Austria; the kilometer-long “monumental urban footpath” connects the south side of the Palazzo Vecchio to the Medici family’s then-residence at the Pitti Palace. It goes through the Uffizi […]
May 5, 2016

2016 cultural program by AWA

Adriana Pincherle (1906–96) and Eloisa Pacini (1928–74) are two very different painters in style and in personality, whose commonality was their love for Florence—the place they made their creative home. They are the “leading ladies” of the 2016 edition of “Women Artists of the 1900s”. This biennial program pairs together a well-known artist with one […]
April 10, 2016

Welcoming the Amalia Ciardi Duprè museum

The Florentine’s culture editor, Jane Fortune, scopes out a new exhibition venue and cultural center on via degli Artisti, spotlighting one of Tuscany’s top woman sculptors and her life’s work—now on permanent public view.     Florentine sculptress Amalia Ciardi Duprè is known for her art and her pearls of wisdom. When asked about her […]
October 1, 2015

World Premiere of When the World Answered

SAVE THE DATE!  When the World Answered, the new PBS documentary based on the book by Jane Fortune and Linda Falcone, will premiere at Florence’s Odeon Cinema Hall at 6.30pm on Tuesday, October 20.   The idea to restore art by women started as a way for me to give something back to the city […]
September 10, 2015

The spirit of Caesar… in the soul of a woman

Artemisia Gentileschi's Mary Magdalene, Apelles Art Collection, Luxembourg. Copyright: Kik-irpa BrusselsJane Fortune: Nearly 25 years ago you wrote ‘Artemisia has suffered from a level of scholarly neglect that is unheard of for a male artist of her caliber.’ Is this still true today?Mary Garrard: No,
May 28, 2015

Michael Palin and Artemisia

  The Florentine’s culture editor Jane Fortune recently met with Michael Palin when he interviewed her for his upcoming BBC art documentary on Baroque master Artemisia Gentileschi. Since then, Jane swears that the media has done right by christening Palin ‘Britain’s Nicest Man.’  When asked about this title, Palin laughingly shakes it off as ‘a […]
April 30, 2015

Artemisia Gentileschi conference in Florence

Baroque artist Artemisia Gentileschi (1593?1656?) was internationally famous during her time. Not only did Europe?s most powerful commission her paintings, they wanted self-portraits for their collections. Poets found her a worthy muse for their verses and her fellow painters aspired to have her as their sitter. To
December 4, 2014

Treasures in plain view

Florence never ceases to surprise and delight me. As many times as I?ve passed the Palazzo dell?Arte dei Beccai on via Orsanmichele, I had never ventured inside until Linda Falcone and I were invited there in October to speak about our new book, When the World Answered: Florence,
November 6, 2014

Women whose art helped rebuild Florence

In October 1943, Paola Levi-Montalcini and her twin sister, Rita, boarded a train in Turin without knowing exactly where they would get off. Decades later, her sister would be a Nobel Prize-winning scientist while Paola Levi-Montalcini would be one of twentieth-century Italy?s most significant abstract