Author: Linda Falcone

Linda Falcone, an English-speaker and an Italian-thinker, is the author of three books with The Florentine Press, and others with Jane Fortune for the Advancing Women Artists Foundation. She has lived, taught and written in Italy for almost 2 decades.
July 20, 2021

Art of Healing artworks return to San Giovanni di Dio

In June 2021, just two weeks before Advancing Women Artists’ definitive closure, the Ancient Hospital of San Giovanni di Dio in borgo Ognissanti welcomed two newly restored ovals by eighteenth-century artist Violante Ferroni. The Art of Healing began in 2019 and, for AWA, the permanent display of these large-scale works representing charity, new life and […]
May 5, 2021

At home with Christian and Florence Levett

Former investment manager, now full-time art collector Christian Levett and his wife Florence recently moved to the city. Their central Florence home is an inspiring gallery in its own right, hung with abstraction art by women artists, alongside classical busts and lovingly framed family photos. The Florentine spoke with Christian and Florence one grey afternoon, […]
December 3, 2020

Advancing Women Artists announces its closure

It’s time for good-bye, or at least the beginning of a good-bye as this article holds the announcement that Advancing Women Artists, which works in Florence to restore and exhibit art by women, will be closing its doors come June. Because this news will be a blow for many readers who have worked alongside us […]
November 2, 2020

Restoration Conversations: Elizabeth Wicks

Those who have always wanted to visit an art conservation studio will now have their chance to view a Florence atelier from afar. On November 13, art lovers around the world are invited to tune into the online series ‘Restoration Conversations’ for an interview titled ‘Art rescue in progress’, with Florence-based conservator Elizabeth Wicks.    […]
October 8, 2020

Artemisia at London’s National Gallery

On Friday, October 16, join AWA and The Florentine for Part One of the interview series ‘Restoration Conversations’, streamed live on The Florentine’s Facebook and YouTube channels. At 6.30 pm (CET), Letizia Treves, curator of the much-awaited UK show Artemisia, will share her insights on one of the world’s finest Baroque artists and focus on […]
September 11, 2020

The Oltrarno Gaze by Victoria Slichter

At the turn of the last century, San Frediano was “the place the police wouldn’t go” and the people’s poverty and marginalisation filled local newspapers. The district’s bad rap was, in part, triggered by city officials who eyed the area beyond the Arno as a pretty real estate package. By pushing out the locals and […]
July 21, 2020

Violante Ferroni restoration: in pictures

Advancing Women Artists* shares highlights of the conservation process for those wanting to catch a glimpse of the rescue work. The Art of Healing project proceeds full speed ahead and with painstaking care.     Move it      Art movers perform a balancing act at San Giovanni di Dio in borgo Ognissanti, detaching Ferroni’s […]
October 30, 2019

Begin again

On October 16, the afternoon before Nelli’s Last Supper was put on public view, I met with a friend of “old date”, as Italians would say. My amica di vecchia data did not even blink when I told her I was suffering from a new form of “postpartum depression”: the 21-foot painting had been moved […]
December 4, 2018

Winning fashion-art combinations in Florence

Traces: Let Fashion Drive You is an eclectic show dedicated to travel and all the “packing” it requires, whether for jet-setting soirees, opera evenings or the windblown journey from here to there. Pitti’s Museum of Fashion and Costume guides the wanderer through decades of style and otherwise unseen art. Here are a few fashion-art combos […]
October 3, 2018

The Florentine’s tribute to Jane Fortune

Reflections from Linda Falcone, Marco Badiani