Rea Stavropoulos

    Rea Stavropoulos is a writer, artist and advocate for women artists. Find out more at and email her at

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    ‘Towards Modernity: Women in the Banca d’Italia’s Art Collection’ exhibition review

    The former headquarters of Italy's national bank reveals some feminine secrets.


    The Oltrarno Gaze inspires the female gaze: an artist’s experience

    My “female gaze” is a response to the diverse work and personalities of Artemisia Gentileschi, Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun and Elisabeth Chaplin.


    The Steinbeck Snail and The Greatness of the Universe

    How does a tiny London snail clinging to the underside of an olive branch connect with a major exhibition at the Uffizi Gallery? This image is just one of the ...


    A ride with Zia Caterina

    It was midnight when the airport bus dropped me off at Santa Maria Novella station where the taxis should have been. There was a sad little line of people waiting ...


    What can be done: Helen Cammock

    Women’s voices merge and emerge, meeting across the centuries in Helen Cammock’s lyrical tribute to the resilience of Italian women past and present in a split-screen video work shown at ...


    A drama for our times: The Ballet of the Nations

    The Ballet of the Nations, Vernon Lee’s pacifist dance drama written in London in 1915 during World War I when she was unable to return to her home, Villa Il ...


    What does it mean to “adopt an Apostle”?

    What would it mean to “adopt an Apostle”, to participate in the restoration of a damaged and forgotten masterpiece so that it will be possible for our contemporaries and also future generations to be captivated and moved by it as I was a few weeks ago on my visit to the restorer’s studio?


    An Ambassadress for Florence and “Una Grande Fiorentina”

    Many of us “expats” have fallen in love with Florence and made the city our home, but few, if any, will have had the insight, drive and determination of Jane ...


    By choice and coincidences

    Forty years ago this month, I set out from London as a teenager on my ‘grand tour’ that was to take me from art history studies at the British Institute in Florence to an archaeological dig in Herculaneum, via Magic Bus to Marrakesh and the Orient Express to


    Looking over Leonardo’s shoulder

    In London last spring, over 120,000 visitors crowded into a temporary exhibition at the British Museum to look at small works on paper from the Italian Quattrocento. The exhibit, Drawings from Fra' Angelico to Leonardo, was described as a ‘once in a lifetime' exhibition by the media and


    Women artists ‘of wit and great ingenuity’

    Who am I?' ‘What am I doing here?' ‘How do I wish to be remembered?' These are among the questions that an artist may ask herself as she tries to decide how she will represent herself to the world, what to reveal and what to mask. The upcoming


    Visibility for women artists

    We introduce this space as a forum in which TF readers can voice and exchange their opinions, concerns and kudos about life in Florence and Italy. E-mail your letters to the editor, essays and opinion pieces to and we will publish them, depending on available space,


    Painting the spring in a Florentine garden

    On a slope a few hundred metres outside the medieval city gate of San Niccolò, I sit secluded among olive and cypress trees, contemplating the panorama of Florence spread out before me, in the company of the Queen of Denmark, William Shakespeare and the Princess of Monaco-just some


    From Babylon to Boboli

    Florence is a city that guards its secrets well.  Among these are the many gardens hidden behind impenetrable doors and iron gates. The visitor walking through the city’s stone streets may catch a glimpse of a flower-filled courtyard through a slit in a heavy Renaissance door


    Far horizons and shifting perspectives

    It is just a 20-minute bus ride from the centre of Florence to the Pecci Museum of Contemporary Art in Prato, but a visit to  the current retrospective of work by British artist David Tremlett will take you on a far longer journey.  Paul Klee talked of &


    Inside Marini, ouside of time

    It would be easy to miss the Marini museum, sandwiched as it is between two of Florence’s busiest and most elegant streets, Via della Vigna and Via della Spada (where shops such as Gucci, Roberto Cavalli, Dolce and Gabbana, Ferré are found). There is nothing to proclaim