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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.
The restoration project shed light on Duclos’s masterful technique and her uniquely Florentine genius, which is recounted in a new book published by The Florentine Press — Irene Parenti Duclos: A Work Restored, an Artist Revealed. The book features essays by several scholars and sector experts: Sheila Barker, Susanna Bracci, Annarita Caputo, Jane Fortune, Rossella Lari and Donata Magrini.
The English / Italian bilingual volume will be presented as part of a morning conference under the David at the Accademia Gallery on Monday October 24, 2011, led by the city’s top museum officials including Dr. Cristina Acidini (Superintendent of Florence’s Polo Museale) and Dr. Franca Falletti (Director of the Accademia). The conference starts at 9:30am.
Space is limited; the conference is free but by invitation only: please write Giacomo Badiani ([email protected]) or call 055 2306616 to receive your invitation.

Conference Programme

a Work Restored – an Artist Revealed
October 24, 2011, 9.30am – 12.30pm Tribuna del David, Galleria dell’Accademia, Florence
Registration of participants
Lecture series/Presentation
Welcome and Opening
Event Chair: Annamaria Giusti, Galleria dell’Arte Moderna, Director
Cristina Acidini, Superintendent for Historical, Artistic and Ethno-anthropological Heritage and Florence’s Polo Museale, and ad interim for the Opificio delle Pietre Dure
Franca Falletti, Galleria dell’Accademia, Director
Duclos And Her Era: The Lorena’s Cultural Policy, Exceptional Collections and the Grand Tour
Annarita Caputo
, Art historian specialized in XIXX century art
Florentine Genius: A Perspective On Native Florentine Women Painters
Jane Fortune
, philanthropist and writer with an honorary degree, Founder and chair of the Advancing Women Artists Foundation.
A Reverent Revolution: Duclos, the Copy of Madonna Del Sacco and Florentine Enlightenment
Sheila Barker
, Art historian, director of the Jane Fortune Research Program on women in the age of the Medici, part of the Medici Archive Project.
The Restoration and Comparative Study of Duclos’s Copy and Andrea Del Sarto’s Fresco
Rossella Lari
, restorer
>> Screening Of A Video Spotlighting The Restoration
Spectroscopy and Microscopic Analyses: Materials and Techniques Used by Painter Irene Duclos
Susanna Bracci
and Donata Magrini, Researchers for the National Research Council’s Institute for Conservation and Promotion of Cultural Heritage
The book is available for purchase at the event and on this website.

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