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Anna Piattoli’s "Praying Saint Francis"

Anna Piattoli’s Saint Francis

For Anna Piattoli, art was ‘all in the family’. Anna Piattoli(1720–1788) welcomed religious subjects as well as portraiture, deftly combining the two genres. Piattoli lived in the city with her husband, Gaetano Piattoli (1700–1790), a narrative portraitist who also served as her teacher. Though little is known about the artist herself, we can find several of Piattoli’s paintings in the Florentine collections, including a rather severe oil-on-canvas self-portrait that currently hangs in the Vasari Corridor. The Piattoli family art collection, started generations prior, is said to have included 5,000 to 6,000 drawings by Florentine and Tuscan masters, many of which were destroyed in Florence’s flood of 1966.

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I am artist

“I paint myself, for that is what I know best,” Kahlo wrote. Piattoli, centuries prior agreed!


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