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.
October 2, 2014

The accursed ditch

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, Florence has suffered numerous catastrophic floods since the one
September 11, 2014

Imelde Siviero

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, just steps from Torre San
July 3, 2014

Artist Flavia Arlotta on show at the Accademia delle Arti del Disegno

The cultural program "A Year of Art in Florence for Giovanni Colacicchi" foresees a noteworthy calendar of events at various Florentine venues.
April 3, 2014

Reclaiming 20th century art

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 B?cklin. Some stayed briefly or made frequent
February 27, 2014

Women artists and Wikipedia

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 together scholars, writers, art historians and
November 21, 2013

Stirring ideas

Since the 1850s, caf?s 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 elite, they are still a great place to
October 10, 2013

‘Pink’ is the place

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 artists—still grace the
September 12, 2013

Mindful meandering

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
June 20, 2013

For a poet supreme

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
May 23, 2013

‘By any other name’

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 afar, Maugham moved to Turin in 1925