'A Century of Women in the Arts (1866-1966)' is an exciting new course organised by the British Institute of Florence, in collaboration with Calliope Arts from July 4 to July 15
Join us this summer as we explore Florence's 'forgotten century' from a woman's perspective. From the Grand Tour to the unification of Italy, from the foundations of feminism, to the advent of the partisans, meet the women who forged a century of change in Florence.
From the Grand Tour to the unification of Italy, from the foundations of feminism, to the advent of the partisans, meet the women who forged a century of change in Florence. Lectures and morning visits on site for those in town, whilst our friends abroad can tune into lectures from afar. The British Institute of Florence and Calliope Arts are delighted to launch this creative partnership spotlighting the trials and triumphs of the women who made modern Italy.
'A Century of Women in the Arts: 1866-1966' covers the artistic, literary, scientific and political contributions of local and foreign women with historical attachments to the Tuscan capital, through blended lectures held at the British Institute Library and guided offsite visits to museums, galleries and foundations through the centre.
Discover the personalities of female artists with works on show at Pitti’s Modern Art Gallery, from the vibrant Nabis colors of Elisabeth Chaplin to the whimsical works of Leonetta Cecchi and Fillide Levasti. We'll continue the quest with women collectors, travel writers and art historians from Vernon Lee and Mary Berenson, to Emma Bardini and Maud Cruttwell, among others.
The course, developed by the British Institute of Florence's Art History head Jeremy Boudreau, will also explore the early milestones of woman’s suffrage in the UK and Italy, and spotlight the art and writings of futurist Mina Loy, during her 10-year stint in Florence. Early women photographers in the historic Alinari Archives come into focus during an exhibition this summer at Forte Belvedere and Villa Bardini, featuring sisters Wanda Wulz and Marion Wulz and photographer-writer Edith Arnaldi.
Then, there's the rise of female heros of Italy – women artists, activists, partisans who contributed to the Italian Republic, including Rita Levi Montalcini, Natalia Ginzburg and Anna Maria Enriques Agnoletti. The course conclude by spotlighting pioneering women artists, directors and art historians, educators and scientists including Maria Luisa Guaita, Nerina Simi, Anna Banti and more.
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