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New Books & Presentations September 14 2017

The Florentine has organized a day-long celebration called TFDay on September 14, 2017. 12 hours and 18 events to celebrate all things TF… and that includes our books!
We are pleased to announce the publication of not one but TWO new books this Fall, both from long-time columnists and friends of The Florentine. Both books will be presented in the contexts of the authors’ short talks on September 14.
Deirdre Pirro’s book Famous Expats in Italy presents some of the illustrious figures who have made an impact on the territory over the past century or so, but there are also some (face it, more fun) disputable foreign rogues and fugitives from the law who have made Italy their home.
International lawyer Michele Capecchi will present his book Legal Advice for Expats in Italy which we bill as containing “Everything you ever needed to know about moving to Italy… and staying here.” Ask him your questions about driving, divorce or due diligence in Italy at the September 14th event or purchase a copy of the book online – it may well come in handy.

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World Premiere: When the World Answered Documentary Film

The Florentine Press and Advancing Women Artists Foundation‘s recent publication When the World Answered. Florence, Women Artsits and the 1966 Flood is the subject of a PBS documentary by the director of the Emmy-award winning film based on Jane Fortune’s previous TFPress book, Invisible Women. Don’t miss the WORLD PREMIERE to be held in Florence on Tuesday October 20 at 6:30pm at the Odeon Theatre.
The evening will include talks by the authors Linda Falcone and Jane Fortune, and by the Consul General of the United States of America, patron of the event.
Tickets for this charity screening cost 8 euros, and proceeds will be donated to AWA, who will use them for the restoration of works of art by women in Florentine collections. As we expect a crowd, we suggest you pre-book your ticket online at this link (booking surcharge applies).

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Women Artists of the 1900s

Florence’s Villa Il Palmerino is host to the kick-off of  ‘Women Artists of the 1900s’, a program calendar designed to spotlight female creativity in Florence and its outskirts during the twentieth-century. Two international artists lead the way into this lesser-known artistic scene: French-born Nabis artist Elisabeth Chaplin and her English neighbor, painter Lola Costa. On 6pm on Monday, April 28, don’t miss the inauguration of the exhibition Private Mythologies, featuring an eclectic series of paintings by both artists at Costa’s former home (Via del Palmerino 8/10, Florence).
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Invisible Women wins the Emmy

INVISIBLE WOMEN, the documentary based on the book Invisible Women: Forgotten Artists of Florence, written by American arts patron Jane Fortune and published by The Florentine Press, has won an Emmy award as the Best Documentary in the Cultural/Historical Program category. The award was announced on June 1 by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The documentary was produced by WFYI Productions from Indianapolis, and was aired on American public television (Public Broadcasting Service).
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Women Artists in the Vasari Corridor

The Vasari Corridor hosts a renowned series of self-portraits by master painters from the sixteenth to the twentieth-first century. Arranged chronologically, this collection was started by Cardinal Leopoldo de’ Medici in the mid-seventeenth century and still receives donated works from present-day master artists. It is currently Florence’s most populated venue for female artists, with more than 20 works exhibited. Continue reading Women Artists in the Vasari Corridor

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Up at the Villa (April 14 2013)

On Sunday,  April 14 – 4.30pm, spend an afternoon in Fiesole spotlighting women artists past and present. Associazione Culturale Il Palmerino’s presentation of Art by Women in Florence: A Guide through Five Hundred Years with authors Jane Fortune and Linda Falcone is the kick-off event for the weeklong exhibition contemporary art exhibition: Coincidenze. (April 14 to 21) featuring four of Il Palmerino’s resident women artists: Karine Falleni, Rea Stavropoulos, Caterina Margherita and Lorraine Thorne. The inaugural event will begin on Sunday, April 14 at 4.30 and include a discussion of multiple recently restored works by women artists in Florence’s museums and churches and the efforts of the Advancing Women Artists Foundation to research, safeguard and exhibit this undiscovered art to the general public. Continue reading Up at the Villa (April 14 2013)

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Félicie de Fauveau Conference (April 4&5, 2013)

The city of the Renaissance makes room for the nineteenth century. On April 4 and 5, Florence’s most renowned nineteenth-century scholars will gather together to present a lecture series called Félicie de Fauveau: the workshop of a French woman artist in nineteenth-century Florence. Art historians Carlo Sisi, Enrico Colle, Silvia Mascalchi and Silvestra Bietoletti will discuss the artistic, political and social trends that influenced De Fauveau and her art. De Fauveau’s life and relationships provide a unique window onto the Grand Duchy under Leopoldo II and her work suggests the popularity of Neo-gothic styles and the Dantesque revival. Two sculptures by De Fauveau will also be unveiled during the event, after recent restoration projects sponsored by the Advancing Women Artists Foundation (AWA). Restorer Gabriella Tonini will spotlight new discoveries on the artist’s techniques and conference participants will be able to appreciate the sculptures on site at Santa Croce and Santa Maria del Carmine. This free two-day event is being organized by the Advancing Women Artists Foundation in collaboration with The Florentine and Opera di Santa Croce, with the patronage of the Comune di Firenze and the Polo Museale Fiorentino. Continue reading Félicie de Fauveau Conference (April 4&5, 2013)

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Women Artists of Early Modern Italy Conference

From 9am to 4.30pm on Friday, March 2, art historians and aficionados are gearing up for Women Artists of Early Modern Italy: New Archival Studies, presented by the ‘Jane Fortune Research Program on Women Artists in the Age of the Medici’, The Medici Archive Project and Florence’s State Archives.
Expect various lectures by keynote scholars focusing on the Florentine experiences of well-loved Baroque master, Artemisia Gentileschi, including a landmark presentation of a newly discovered, signed work the artist is believed to have completed in Naples during the last year of her life. These ground-breaking studies are the perfect follow-up for Milan’s recent monographic exhibition in Palazzo Reale, where all of the artist’s Florentine canvases were presented, including David and Bathsheba, which the Advancing Women Artists Foundation restored after 363 years of neglect in the city’s deposits. Continue reading Women Artists of Early Modern Italy Conference

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Irene Parenti Duclos restored

Irene Parenti Duclos, an eighteenth-century Florentine painter and copyist, climbed up the scaffolding at the Church of S.S. Annunziata and copied Andrea del Sarto’s famous fresco of the Madonna del Sacco. For a woman at the time, this was an amazing feat, both physically and artistically. The painstaking restoration of Duclos’ acclaimed work, sponsored by Dr. Jane Fortune and the Advancing Women Artists Foundation, is now on public view in the Giposeteca of the Accademia Gallery. Continue reading Irene Parenti Duclos restored

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Culture Clash a useful debate

Success for last night’s encounter organized by The Florentine at Le Murate. With around 50 people in attendance – some Italians, lots of TF readers – the discussion was friendly despite differing opinions about the topics discussed. Editor Brenda Dionisi kept everything under control while polling our panelists Edoardo Lusena (Corriere Fiorentino) and Deirdre Pirro (The Florentine) and involving the crowd with their many observations. Continue reading Culture Clash a useful debate