Artemisia UpClose!

A lecture by Linda Falcone


During Artemisia Gentileschi’s 7-year stint in Florence, the artist formed friendships with artists and intellectuals, as part of Michelangelo Younger’s cultural salon. Her Allegory of Inclination – which graces the Casa Buonarroti Gallery ceiling – was the first painting of a 30 year project designed to honour the memory of ‘Michelangelo the Divine’. Now under restoration in the museum’s ‘Model Room’, Artemisia’s female nude continues to spark conversation, much as it did in her day. ‘Artemisia UpClose’ project coordinator Linda Falcone shares the stories surrounding Artemisia’s painting – from yesterday and today – as she follows the efforts of the project’s restoration team, headed by Elizabeth Wicks, to digitally discover how the painter originally envisioned her canvas, which was censored several generations after it was authored - to protect the ‘decorum’ of the wife and children of another Buonarroti descendent!


Artemisia UpClose, a project conceived and funded  by not-for-profit organisation Calliope Arts and philantropist Christian Levett, is currently in the restoration phase, which will be followed by an exhibition at Casa Buonarroti in September 2023, as the conversation continues...


Watch Artemisia UpClose detective work


Linda Falcone is creator, presenter and managing editor of Restoration Conversations magazine and livestream series, and a consultant for Calliope Arts. Previously, she was founding director of the organisation Advancing Women Artists, since two years prior its official founding in 2009, until its closure in 2021.


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This lecture is supported by a Gold Sponsorship from Calliope Arts