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Fillide Giorgi Levasti

Undoubtedly one of the most important women painting in Italy in the 1900s. Deeply influenced by the Macchiaioli movement, Giorgi Levasti (1883–1966) became a student of Giovanni Fattori, attending the Scuola Libera del Nudo at Florence’s Academy, where she made anatomical drawings from live models. In 1914, Levasti participated in her first Secessione Romana exhibition, an event that showcased a Roman artistic movement whose intent was to abandon aesthetic ideology and provide a forum for the most innovative currents of Italian and European art of the time. That same year she wed mystic and writer Arrigo Levasti (1886–1973), one of the country’s top intellectuals. (The Levasti Collection at the Convent of San Marco in Florence brings together texts linked to Christian, Jewish, Indian and Latin traditions and includes 7,500 theological volumes spanning four centuries of religious thought.) Created from 1914 to 1934, Levasti’s exhibited paintings at Pitti's Modern Art Gallery include Still life, The garden at Fortezza da Basso and Still life with stool. They are representative of her post-Macchiaioli work, which depicts simple everyday objects or portrays vivid outdoor scenes.

(Text from: Invisible Women: Forgotten Artists of Florence by Jane Fortune).