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Plautilla Nelli

Plautilla Nelli inspired the founding of Advancing Women Artists. She worked in Florence in the 1500s and her large-scale devotional paintings are a precious ‘exception’ in history.

Artemisia Gentileschi

Do you think that many of Artemisia’s female protagonists look alike? They are often self portraits.


Elisabeth Chaplin

Elisabeth Chaplin is the artist with the most works in Florence’s collections.


Restored Flood Ladies

The devastating flood that crippled Florence in 1966 extensively damaged museum storages and tarnished the city’s reputation as one of the world’s epicenters of art culture.

Violante Siries Cerroti

Siries flourished in eighteenth-century Florence where she was a portraitist for Tuscan nobility.


Felicie de Fauveau

A representative of the troubadour style, De Fauveau championed a revival for medieval art.


Adriana Pincherle

Pincherle loved experimenting and had a passion for using dramatic color in her works.

Irene Parenti Duclos

This Duclos painting hangs in the Salone dell’Ottocento amidst ‘memories’ of Canova and Bartolini.

By giving a voice to historic
women artists AWA rescues
and reclaims the ‘hidden half’
of Florence’s art.

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