A detail from Duclos’ Madonna del Sacco

Irene Parenti Duclos

The Duclos conference shed light on the artist as an exponent of the Age of Enlightenment. On the whole, still-life paintings or portraits with fully-clothed sitters with detailed costumes were common commissions for women artists as opposed to more physically demanding, large-scale paintings representing mythological themes. Duclos’s eighteenth-century Copy of the Madonna del Sacco by Andrea del Sarto is an interesting exception to this rule, which may be one of the prime reasons behind Grand Duke Pietro Leopoldo’s eagerness to purchase the work once it was offered to him in 1781. New research about the 1775 Duclos painting was presented at an international conference on the artist at Florence’s Accademia Gallery, where Director Franca Falletti welcomed AWA and world reknowned scholars who studied her role in the Age of Enlightenment, prior to the 2011 exhibition of her work in a far-reaching exhibition on sculptor Lorenzo Bartolini, a contemporary of Duclos.