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Women artists: Opportunities for Support

In her book Invisible Women, Jane Fortune discovers the many ‘hidden’ female artists in museum archives and deposits in Florence. One artist who deserves recognition is Giovanna Fratellini, a lady-in-waiting to Grand Duchess Vittoria della Rovere who indeed recognized this woman’s talent. Thanks to ducal auspices, she was trained in painting and music and specialized in miniatures. She became an active member of Florence’s Accademia dell’Arte del Disegno in 1706, able to direct her own business and issue invoices in her own name. Her portraits of 18th-century nobles capture the dress and feeling of Tuscan nobility, often representing women and children who might be otherwise unknown to us.
Fratellini was best known for her pastel portraits in Villa Petraia, a Medici villa on the outskirts of Florence that became residence to the King of Italy during Florence’s brief stint as Italian capital in the 1870s; portraits make up the most important body of these works now in storage at the Uffizi.

Girl with Crucifix, Giovanna Fratellini, Villa Petraia, Florence

These pastels need your help: the Advancing Women Artists foundation is looking for funding possibilities for these 31 pastels. Read about what you can do to help.

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