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Restoring Batheba’s face in a painting by Artemisia Gentileschi

AWA’s Missions and Goals

Myriad paintings and sculptures by ground-breaking women artists have been overlooked for centuries and many works are currently in need of restoration. Advancing Women Artists, an American not-for-profit 501(c)(3), is committed to identifying, restoring and exhibiting artwork by women in Florence’s museum storages. As of today, compelling artistic treasures continue to be a silent, undiscovered part of the city’s creative heritage. Through education (lectures, books, seminars, and conferences) and by exhibiting these works in Florence and abroad, it will be possible to show this vital cultural legacy and its importance in Florence, in Italy and to the world.


The ‘invisible’ works that crowd the city’s museum storages deserve the opportunity of widespread recognition.


Conservation is a primary tool for rediscovery.


To truly love something you must be able to see it.


By giving a voice to historic
women artists AWA rescues
and reclaims the ‘hidden half’
of Florence’s art.

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