Friday, July 27, 2018

How a female-led art restoration movement in Florence is reshaping the canon

By Kate Brown
Elizabeth Wicks restores Violante Siries’s Madonna. Photo: Francesco Cacchiani.
Sometimes, all it takes is for someone to ask the right question. That is exactly what Jane Fortune did on a visit to Florence 12 years ago. While touring the Renaissance city’s exquisite museums and fresco-covered churches, the American philanthropist began to wonder, “Where are the women?” Her search for an answer set Fortune on a passionate quest to restore the lost legacies and artworks of Florence’s forgotten female artists, digging into museums’ archives and dusty deposits with her organization, Advancing Women Artists (AWA). [More]
Violante Siries Cerroti, The Madonna Presents Baby Jesus to Maria Maddalena de’ Pazzi
Recovering Violante’s Legacy