When the World Answered: Florence, Women Artists and the 1966 Flood
Authors: Jane Fortune and Linda Falcone
Publisher: B’Gruppo srl (Prato)
Series: The Florentine Press and AWA
Edition: October 2014
Pages: 192 pages, full-color photos
Florence is a city that never stops giving. This is a story of gifts: of artists and the paintings and sculptures they gave to a beloved city in a time of great need. In the wake of the disaster of the 1966 flood, which damaged countless works of art, the government of Florence called for donations of artworks to fulfill a dream of creating a “modern-day Uffizi” that would reclaim the city’s place at the forefront of the world’s art scene. And the world answered. Italy-loving artists from as far as Cuba, the United States, and Poland gave works to the city as a gesture of solidarity. Among them were numerous women whose stories and interviews offer a personal look at twentieth-century creativity in Italy. When the World Answered reveals their unsung art treasures and continues the Advancing Women Artists Foundation’s quest to reclaim the legacy of women artists in Florence, through publication, restoration and exhibition of their works.