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One of Ferroni's largescale ovals in the Atrium of San Giovanni di Dio

One of Ferroni's largescale ovals in the Atrium of San Giovanni di Dio

Newly discovered painting by Violante Ferroni

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An eighteenth-century treasure by Florentine woman who painted 'the plague'. We at AWA were completely unaware of the fact that Florence's San Giovanni di Dio hosted two largescale works by eighteenth-century painter Violante Ferroni until they were brought to our attention by AWA Advocate and restorer Elizabeth Wicks. You'll remember Liz from her work on Santa Maria Maddalena de' Pazzi's masterwork by Violante Siries Cerroti. Violante Ferroni's largescale works are displayed inside stucco frames on either side of San Giovanni di Dio's monumental staircase, in the venue's atrium. The Saint visits plague victims went into the restoration studio on October 3, 2019 and is undergoing conservation. The Saint gives bread to the poor is a painting ‘hopeful’ awaiting restoration. One of Florence's oldest hospitals, San Giovanni di Dio was founded by the Vespucci family in 1382, to host victims of the plague. The venue will soon be transformed into a regional healthcare center where Florentines will see Ferroni’s art on a daily basis.

Violante Ferroni, huge talent forgotten

Here's what you should know about Violante Ferroni.
 

The Saint gives bread to the poor

Here's a quick glimpse at the restoration process.
 

The plague then and San Giovanni di Dio now

From 1347 to 1665, the Black Death claimed nearly the lives of 25 million Europeans.

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