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   Gentileschi’s David and Bathsheba, Pitti Palace, Florence   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Gentileschi’s David and Bathsheba, Pitti Palace, Florence

One can never tell what treasures might be hiding in the Pitti, one of Florence’s loveliest palaces. Damaged by inappropriate storage conditions, the portion of the painting featuring Bathsheba’s face and body was in a particularly The restoration aimed at improving the composition’s legibility and focused on stabilizing the painting, especially in the numerous areas that were missing paint. Led by the director of Palazzo Pitti’s Palatina Gallery, the restoration was executed by a three-woman team, Elisabetta Codognato, Sandra Freschi and Nicola Ann MacGregor, who gathered daily in their Florence workshop to recompose the image, without adopting invasive techniques or relying on extensive repainting. Their task was to avoid reconstruction, which would ultimately alter the authenticity of the original work. At the very end of the project MacGregor discovered the painting’s co-protagonist—the tiny figure of David finally became visible once the painting had been brought back to its original dignity.

Seeing Bathsheba

Why is David and Bathsheba in storage? It’s a question whose answer we have not yet uncovered.

Artemisia’s Conference

The Palatine Gallery at Pitti is always ready to welcome its most famous palatine: Artemisia.

"Meeting Artemisia"

One of AWA's goals is to create a connection between artists of the past and modern-day women.

Popularity on and off canvas

Artemisia painted scenes from the David and Bathsheba story in at least 6 versions.