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Chaplin's Three Sisters restored

At 5pm on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, join AWA and friends at the Sala del Fiorino in Pitti’s Modern Art Gallery for the unveiling of AWA’s latest restoration: The Three Sisters, an award-winning painting by twentieth-century artist, Elisabeth Chaplin, a woman artist who donated over 700 works to the Pitti in 1974. The restoration was  led by Dr. Simonella Condemi, the Modern Art Gallery’s director, and  carried out by Florentine restoration artist, Rossella Lari. It includes diagnostic analysis  focused on the work’s state of conversation, executed by the Italian National Research Council’s Institute for the Conservation and Promotion of Cultural Heritage. Continue reading Chaplin's Three Sisters restored

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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)