Plautilla Nelli: Art and Devotion in Savonarola’s Footsteps

Editor: Navarro, F.
Authors: L. Anatrini, S. Barker, D. degli Innocenti, J. Fortune, M. Grasso, F. Guarini, N. Navarro, A. Sarti, C. Turrill Lupi, E. Schmidt.
Publisher: Sillabe, March 2017
Language: English and Italian
Pages: 164 pages, full-color photos

Florence’s First Woman Artist No Longer Invisible
Plautilla Nelli to debut at the Uffizi, after a decade with ‘Indiana Jane’

In 2017, for the first time ever, the Uffizi Gallery exhibited the artwork of Florence’s first woman artist: Plautilla Nelli. This sixteenth-century painter was Renaissance woman in every way: a creative talent who tackled large-scale commissions despite the social conventions of her time and an entrepreneur whose art graced the homes of Florentine nobles, who thought her work had mystical qualities. Nelli trained other women painters in her convent-bottega and is considered the artistic heir of the more famous Fra Bartolomeo, whose 500 drawings she inherited. The Uffizi exhibition catalog, curated by Nelli scholar Fausta Navarro, spotlights the painter’s ‘Art of Devotion’. It includes numerous works newly restored by AWA as well as photographs and descriptions of several recently discovered Nelli attributions by Navarro and US scholar Catherine Turrill Lupi. The Uffizi which hosts more female self-portraits than any museum in the world is finally coming into its true inheritance. And Nelli? She has been welcomed ‘home’ in style.