Writers “Marathon” to commemorate Women’s Day

On March 7, 2014, the Advancing Women Artists Foundation, with the support of Syracuse University in Florence and the U.S. Consulate General in Florence, will commemorate International...


Santa Croce in Pink – the tour

Commemorate International Women’s Day with a unique visit to explore the ‘feminine soul’ of the basilica of Santa Croce. From Franciscan tertiaries to famed musicians, members of the Buonaparte family, exiled royalty, famous mistresses and more, Santa Croce is home to 15 monuments designed by or for women.



A quest in Florence

Suor Plautilla Nelli, Artemisia Gentileschi, Elisabetta Siriani, Irene Duclos Parenti, Lavinia Fontana—the search for women artists in Florence spans hundreds of years and leads the art lover through the halls of the city’s museums, where a sprinkling of representative works gives incentive to further investigation. The whirlwind tourist knows nothing of them, while the art-loving resident lucky enough to happen upon an occasional exhibit aimed at unearthing the city’s hidden cultural patrimony may only vaguely remember their names.

Through research, restoration and exhibition, the ADVANCING WOMEN ARTISTS FOUNDATION strives to protect, acknowledge and appreciate women artists and their fundamental role in the Renaissance city and the world. Florence played mother to Michelangelo and Donatello and nurse to Giovanni Fattori, but she also engendered dozens of women whose works still grace her collections, bearing witness to the creative talents of her myriad lesser known daughters. Although Florence upholds the irrefutable worth of its most famous artists, defending their legacy as one of the most significant examples of outstanding human expression, the city’s long line of women artists, their lives and works, equally exemplifies the unstoppable strength of the creative human spirit.

Dr. Jane Fortune, Invisible Women: Forgotten Artists of Florence

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‘Behind the scenes’ discussion of what lead to Invisible Women
and the Emmy Awards.
Video interview conducted by Italian journalist Maria Grazia Silvestri.