Monday, July 30, 2018

The woman who dedicated her life to uncovering the female artists of the Italian Renaissance

By Zachary Small
Rossella Lari with Plautilla Nelli’s “Last Supper” in studio (photo by Francesco Cacchiani, image courtesy Advancing Women Artists)
Florence has a backlog of female artists from the Renaissance that you’ve never seen, and you’ve likely never heard about. Advancing Women Artists (AWA) is a foundation dedicated to supporting art and conservation, particularly when it comes to the restoration of artworks made by women from the 15th to 19th centuries. For 11 years, the foundation’s leader, Jane Fortune, has dedicated herself to tracking down, researching, and restoring these paintings by long-forgotten women artists that have been languishing in the storage attics and basements of Italy’s many museums for far too long. Hyperallergic spoke with Fortune about the history of women artists in Florence and the challenges AWA has overcome in the once-male dominated field of conservation. [More]
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