The Florentine Press and author Jane Fortune invite you to the official presentation of Invisible Women at the Biblioteca degli Uffizi
November 6 Biblioteca degli Uffizi 5pm
You can RSVP via the invitation on facebook!
November 7 Paperback Exchange (via delle Oche 4/r) 11.30am
The book launch continues on Saturday morning at Paperback Exchange, as Jane Fortune gives a talk about her extraordinary quest to find out about Florence’s forgotten women artists. Put your questions to the author and join us for a light brunch after the talk.
November 7 BM Books (borgo Ognissanti 4/r) 5pm
Up close and personal with the author for an afternoon tea and book signing.
INVISIBLE WOMEN, Forgotten Artists of Florence
by Jane Fortune
Invisible works. Remarkable artists. Who were these extraordinary women painters and why are many of their works still hidden from the public eye? Jane Fortune, author, art collector and founder of two associations aimed at the recuperation and rediscovery of art by women in the Florence museums, takes the reader on the trail of women artists whose talent and courage represent a fundamental part of the city’s artistic identity. Which unique challenges spurred their creative journeys and what unique episodes propelled their lives and times? And, most importantly, what can be done today to reclaim this captivating yet unfamiliar part of Florence’s cultural heritage? ‘1,500 works by women artists are currently stored in Florence’s various deposits, most of which have not been on public view for centuries,’ Fortune writes. ‘Are all of these works of a high artistic standard? We’ll never know unless they are seen. Do they require restoration? We’ll never know unless they are examined. Is it possible to delve into the abyss of the past and rescue them from obscurity ? We’ll never know unless we try.’ Known as ‘Indiana Jane’, for her commitment to salvaging damaged works from the entrails of the city’s storehouses, Fortune’s new book, Invisible Women celebrates the city’s hidden treasures and provokes a passionate quest that will lead readers to the whos, wheres and whys of the city’s forgotten half.