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Italy and the luck of the draw

Royal Drawing School

with Marzia Faietti, former director of the Uffizi Gallery's Prints and Drawings Department

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The masterful efforts of Italy’s greats, including Andrea del Sarto’s Renaissance ‘Workshop in Action’ and Vasari’s take on Bronzino, is at the forefront of this conversation, led by L. Falcone, which explores highlights of Dr Faietti’s multi-faceted career as an exhibition curator dedicated to bringing the art of drawing into venues of worldwide renown. Its focus includes challenges confronting today’s restorers of art on paper and the graphic arts of Florence and Bologna from the 1500s onwards.

The conversation highlights restored drawings by sixteenth-century artist Plautilla Nelli, credited as the first professional female painter of Florence, and the works by Elisabetta Sirani (1638–1665), a Bolognese artist, who worked in the style of Giudo Reni. Considered a master, Sirani produced some 170 works between the ages of 17 to 27, when she died of ulcers (although her father believed she had been poisoned by an envious maid).

This talk, created in conjunction with Calliope Arts is part of the 'Creative Conversations' series, organised by London's Royal Drawing School, curated by Dr. Claudia Tobin. Art historian Marzia Faietti was director at the Uffizi Gallery’s Prints and Drawings Department until 2018. She has since continued scientific collaborations with the Uffizi Galleries for special projects like the 2020 Rome exhibition commemorating the 500th anniversary of Raphael’s death, entitled 'Raphael (1520-1483)'.


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