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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.

Reading up...

Our WINTER 2023 issue is now 'out' in its digital version.
Press the cover to read the magazine online.

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A new book..
Palace Women: Creators of Culture in Florence
. Fifteen women photographers and eight contemporary artisans rediscover female influencers in their Tuscan palaces, villas or garden oases and produce artisanal works or pictures celebrating their untold legacies. From the former convent of San Francesco di Paola, to the once-hunting lodge of Isabella de’ Medici, this keepsake volume explores multiple venues, where ‘palace women’ – from the sixteenth century to the present day – have carved their place in history as creators of culture, giving new meaning to the ever-relevant aspiration: ‘a room of one’s own’. For more.


5,000 Negatives
Safeguarding the Wulz sisters’ legacy at FAF

Autumn 2023 marked the start of a new collaborative project called ‘5,000 Negatives’, aimed at safeguarding the sisters legacy, through inventorying, restoration, digitalisation and archive accessibility of the Wulz Photographic Studio Archive of Trieste, a treasure trove of negatives, prints and archival documentation acquired by Fondazione Alinari per la Fotografia (FAF) in 1986. This project, developed by FAF, is made possible thanks to a grant from Fondazione CR Firenze and Calliope Arts Foundation. For more on 5,000 Negatives.

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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Portrait of Wanda Wulz at the mirror (c. 1950), photo by Marion Wulz  © Archivi Alinari, Florence
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