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Calliope Arts

Documenting women’s stories, today and through the centuries.

A project for the ‘restoration’ of women’s creative achievements,

through research, awareness, conservation and cultural exchange.

Calliope Arts also raises awareness through Restoration Conversations livestream broadcasts and bi-annual magazine.

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Who we are

Find out about our programmes and guiding principles as the Restoration Conversation

project makes a start.



Discover more

Watch episodes of our cultural broadcasts investigating women’s contributions to cultural heritage.

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Join us for our events

Become part of the story. Paricipate in our upcoming events and learn about past activities. 

What to watch...

If you are wondering about ‘The Big Reveal’, the virtual reconstruction of Artemisia Gentileschi’s censored nude figure in Allegory of the Inclination, now on show in Florence, at Casa Buonarroti’s exhibition ‘Artemisia in the Museum of Michelangelo’, watch this 5-minute segment of the state-of-the-art science involved,  from the BBC’s flagship technology show ‘Click’.

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Join our livestreamed broadcast live at Casa Buonarroti on opening day of “Artemisia in the Museum of Michelangelo’, in Italian 'Artemisia nel Museo di Michealangelo' at , presenter Linda Falcone takes us through the exhibition with author and art historian Elizabeth Cropper who ‘discovered’ Artemisia’s first child to be baptized, in an archival record some 40 years ago. To watch the programme.

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Villa La Petraia, one of Tuscany’s most celebrated Medici villas, seen from the perspective of the many women whose presence can be felt there, starting with Christina of Lorraine, to whom the villa was given after her marriage to Grand Duke Ferdinando I in 1589. A In the 1800s, during Florence’s stint as capital, the villa became a favourite of Rosa Vercellana, King Vittorio Emanuele’s morganatic wife, known as ‘La Bella Rosina’. In her boudoir, expect rare pastels by 18th-century female artists, including Giovanna Fratellini and Violante Siries Cerroti.


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Artemisia in the Museum of Michelangelo
From September 27, 2023 to January 8, 2024

Following the Allegory of Inclination's restoration, the art-loving public will have the opportunity to pore over the results state-of-the-art detective work, including a virtual view of a once censored painting by Artemisia Gentileschi. According to museum director and exhibition curator Dr Alessandro Cecchi, "The show will spotlight conservation findings and explore the context surrounding the painting’s creation, including the significance of Artemisia's Florentine debut and her key relationships with the city’s political powers and cultural milieu." For more on Artemisia UpClose.

Explore untold stories and tales of talent, in history and today.
Restoration Conversations is also the title of our bi-annual magazine. Whet your appetite with events and articles.

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Three main photos (left to right) by: Olga Makarova, Alinari Foundation for Photography Archives, Marco Badiani

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