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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.


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 Florentine painter and poetess was known for teaching other women.

Edita Broglio

A major exponent of Magic Realism.

Amalia Ciardi Duprè

Mum’s the word for Tuscan artist Amalia Ciardi Duprè.

Carla Accardi

Carla Accardi is Italy’s Grand Dame of Abstractionism.

Titina Maselli

Titina Maselli paints ‘Energy’.

Daphne Maugham

Maugham shows Impressionist flair.

Amelia Peláez

Cuban art in Florence, with Amelia Peláez, a visual arts pioneer in Latin America.

Beatrice Lazzari

Lazzari ‘measures up’ as an exponent of avant-garde Rationalism.

Lolò Soldevilla

A main player in Cuba’s ‘Geometric Revolution’.

Leonetta Pieraccini Cecchi

A Tuscan painter who resisted the currents of the post-Macchiaioli and the post-Impressionist styles.

Fillide Giorgi Levasti

Undoubtedly one of the most important women painting in Italy in the 1900s.

Lola Costa

English painter Costa is 'genius loci' at Florence's Il Palmerino.

Lea Colliva

A strong drawing hand and the heart of a colorist.

Flavia Arlotta

A painter whose attention to detail makes for a tactile visual experience.

Genni Mucchi

Ever-political, a sculptress of protest, struggle… and hope.


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

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