Many works by women are in storage. A peek at the San Salvi Museum storehouse.

Why Florence?

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Florence, a mecca for art-lovers, has a ‘hidden’ face. It has been a power house for art by women for five centuries. The creation of art by women around the world was thwarted by various factors, including social constraints, limited training or formal schooling, and the lack of legal standing needed for women to practice art as a commercial enterprise. Within the Italian context, Florence has proven itself a unique artistic environment, engendering and supporting women artists since the mid-sixteenth century. The prevalence of Florentine nun-painters, the liberalism of Medici commissioners who supported both male and female court artists, the far-reaching patronage of Tuscan noblewomen who selected women painters as their protégés or teachers, and the Uffizi’s acceptance of women copyists all contributed to the city’s emergence as an authentic center for women in the arts. Throughout the centuries from the Renaissance, to the Baroque period and even until modern times, Florence has attracted creative female talents. Dozens of artists must reclaim their place in Florence’s history. Hundreds of works must be delivered to the museum spotlight. Thousands of works must be finally shown to the world.

Florence, Italy