This series of lyrical essays follows the cypress-lined trail joining neighboring Tuscan villas, toward an intimate, image-filled journey documenting the lives and works of two international women artists who made the hills of Florence and Fiesole their creative home. Elisabeth Chaplin and Lola Costa: Rediscovering Expat Women Painters in Tuscany takes art lovers from the restoration studio into the museum spotlight, from the Pitti Palace’s Modern Art Gallery to Il Palmerino, the historic fort- tower turned artist haunt. This catalog-style volume, which accompanies the Florence exhibition Private Mythologies, offers a glimpse of female creativity in the 1900s and rediscovers a legacy that must not be left to fade into oblivion.
Edited by Linda Falcone
Margherita Ciacci is a former Professor of Sociology at the University of Florence’s Faculty of Economics, currently teaches Sociology of the Arts at New York University Florence program.
Simonella Condemi became director of Palazzo Pitti’s Modern Art Gallery in 2012, after having held various positions on the gallery’s management team since 1983.
Jane Fortune is chair and founder of The Florence Committee and the Advancing Women Artists Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to researching, restoring and exhibiting works of art by women in Florence.
Giovanna Giusti is an art historian and curator who joined the Uffizi in 1978, where she is director of several departments, including Nineteenth-Century Art and Contemporary Art.
Alessandra Griffo has been director of the Medici Villa della Petraia and the Castello Gardens; additionally, in 2012, she was appointed Vice Director of the Palazzo Pitti’s Modern Art Gallery.
Rossella Lari, a painting conservator, has worked in Florence for over 35 years, primarily for civic and state institutions. She regularly collaborates with universities, scientific centers and research institutes.
Marilena Mosco, an art historian and art critic, lives in Florence. An executive for Italy’s Ministry of Cultural Heritage, she has worked at Urbino’s Ducal Palace with the Superintendent’s Office of Le Marche and at Florence’s Palazzo Pitti, where she held the post of Vice Director for the Palatine Gallery.