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available online > The Artemisia Connection – A Webinar at Casa Buonarroti Museum in Florence

When Michelangelo the Younger commissioned a 5-month pregnant Artemisia Gentileschi to paint the Allegory of Inclination on Casa Buonarroti’s ceiling, the fee was three times that of her male counterparts. Her allegorical depiction represented just one of many ‘virtues’ painted to commemorate the qualities of ‘the Divine Michelangelo’. And it had Artemisia’s face.

To start our celebrations for Women’s History Month, on March 8th we persented ‘The Artemisia Connection’, a webinar inspired by Michelangelo’s legacy and Artemisia’s artistic ‘inclination’. During this program, introduced by Cristina Acidini, President of Casa Buonarroti, and taking place inside the very gallery where Artemisia’s angelic figure still lives, Conservator Elizabeth Wicks interviewed author Linda Falcone, Director of Advancing Women Artists. How did Artemisia’s Florentine relationships give momentum to her career? Was her Inclination a game-changer? Do Michelangelo’s ‘virtues’ apply to historic female artists and their context?  


This program was organized in collaboration with Advancing Women Artists and Casa Buonarroti Museum

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CONFERENCE (via YouTube)

(originally broadcast on March 3, 2021)



Best-known for hosting Michelangelo’s earliest sculptural works, Florence’s Casa Buonarroti Museum is a fascinating Renaissance dwelling decorated with Baroque flair. Michelangelo the Younger conceived the ‘revamped’ Buonarroti’s residence as a palace that would honor his namesake through the ages. From 1613 to 1635, he commissioned cutting-edge artists of his day to strengthen his great uncle’s already legendary status, via historical and allegorical images. We are honored to have after-hours access to the museum’s ‘galleria’, a wall-to-wall treasure trove of inspiration…

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Advancing Women Artists is a non-profit organization (501C3) founded by US author and philanthropist Dr. Jane Fortune in 2009. AWA is committed to identifying, restoring, and exhibiting permanent displays of works by women artists in Florence. AWA supports projects that include conservation or maintenance of works of art by women and the funding of publications and exhibitions linked to each restoration project. 

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linda falconeDirector of the Florence-based organization Advancing Women Artists since two years prior its official founding in 2009, Falcone is the co-author of several books with Jane Fortune that spotlight the quest to uncover lost art by women from the Renaissance and beyond, two of which became PBS documentaries. Originally from California, she has lived in Italy for over 28 years and has penned several Italy-inspired books on language including Italians Dance and I’m a Wallflower and If They Are Roses: The Italian way with Words. Her first novel Moving Days was published in 2014. She has appeared in many TV art documentaries including the BBC’s The Story of Women and Art, Feltrinelli TV’s Monuments Women and When the World Answered: Women Artists and the 1966 Flood (2015), a PBS production based on her book by the same name. With AWA, she is currently working on a documentary on the conservation of Plautilla Nelli’s Last Supper for American Public Television. 



elizabeth wicksElizabeth Wicks is a conservator of fine art and art historian who lives and works in Florence, Italy and consults regularly in the USA. With over thirty years in the field, Wicks directs conservation projects for museums, churches, public properties, and private clients. Her restoration projects range from restoring murals at Radio City Music Hall to sculptures by Michelangelo, to easel paintings in a variety of styles and media. Wicks teaches conservation of contemporary art in the Masters’ program at the University of Viterbo. Her conservation of works of art by women includes numerous 20th century artists, as well as paintings by earlier women artists. Wicks is a member of the Conservation Committee of the International Council on Museums and has been on the Florence advisory council of Advancing Women Artists (AWA) since 2011. Her conservation work has been featured in several documentaries, such as The Innocents of Florence by David Battistella. She has published and lectured internationally on women artists, and is currently at work on an AWA project, conserving two large ovals painted by the 18th century Florentine artist Violante Ferroni.



c acidiniFrom 2000 to 2014, Florentine art historian, author and museum executive Cristina Acidini was superintendent in Florence, first at the Opificio delle Pietre Dure – one of the world’s foremost art conservation centers – and then, for the Polo Museale Fiorentino museum circuit, which comprised twenty-seven State of the art museums including the Uffizi Gallery, Accademia Gallery, Palazzo Pitti, the Boboli Gardens, and more. She is currently president of the Accademia delle Arti del Disegno of Florence (the oldest artistic academy in the world, founded in 1563 by Giorgio Vasari in honor of Michelangelo) and the Casa Buonarroti Foundation, which houses the master’s sculptures, documents and drawings. Dr. Acidini is also Vice President of the Fondazione di Studi di Storia dell’Arte ‘Roberto Longhi’ in Florence. Under the auspices of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, she has spent decades promoting, planning and directing restoration campaigns, exhibitions and projects for museum expansion and renovation in Italy and abroad. Her research and publications are often linked to these endeavours and include works on Botticelli, Michelangelo, the Medici, gardens and other Renaissance themes. She is the author of two novels.


  • Organizzato da: Embassy of Italy, IIC Washington
  • In collaborazione con: please see above