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 The Saint visits plague victims, Violante Ferroni, 1756

The Saint visits plague victims, Violante Ferroni, 1756

Violante Ferroni, huge talent forgotten

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Here's what you should know about Violante Ferroni. Florence-based restorer Elizabeth Wicks provides an overview on Violante Ferroni is a Florentine painter born in 1720. "Very little is currently known about the artist, except that she was the pupil of Gian Domenico Ferretti, a painter who dominated the Florentine art scene during much of the eighteenth century. Violante was active in his workshop and is said to have been the model for Ferretti’s Portrait of a Lady dressed as Diana. She was accepted as a member of the Accademia del Disegno, Europe's first drawing academy, in 1736. Her work was exhibited in the Academy of San Luca exhibit in 1737 and 1776, as well as in the Uffizi Gallery. The San Giovanni commission is an extremely prestigious one that attests to the solid reputation enjoyed by Ferroni during her lifetime. These 8 x 11.5-feet ovals await rediscovery; darkened by centuries of dirt, they are in dire need of treatment, with flaking paint, tears and holes in the canvas."