Female Forerunners: A Room of their own

A lecture by Linda Falcone


Eleonora de Toledo’s purchase of the Pitti Palace – a sixteenth-century decision that triggered the emergence of the Oltrarno artisan district – Vittoria della Rovere’s role in inspiring and supporting art and craftsmanship at the Poggio Imperiale, Violante di Baviera’s cultural salon at Villa Lampeggi and even Bianca Cappello’s unique palace on via Maggio. This talk explores the role of noblewomen and how they were ‘influencers’ in their day. The ‘palazzo’ idea is not limited to aristocratic women involved in governance, however. Felicie de Fauveau’s art atelier in via degli Serragli is a case in point.


This lecture is part of the ‘Palace Women: Oltrarno and Beyond’ programme organised by the British Institute of Florence, Il Palmerino Cultural Association and Calliope Arts. 


Special thanks to donors Alice Vogler, Donna Malin, Margie MacKinnon and Wayne McArdle.


This project is made possible thanks to the support of Enjoy, Respect and Feel Florence, funded by Italy’s Ministry of Tourism, the Fund for Development and Cohesion, the Municipality of Florence and Feel Florence.


If you are in Florence and would like to attend the lecture in person at the British Institute Library, please register here or send an email to bif@britishinstitute.it

The registration fee is 12 Euro per person. All participants are invited to wear a mask throughout the event. 


To join this lecture online, simply click on this link to register and receive the Zoom meeting invitation: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUqdOmqrz0vHdZGGGZxvmOfNk-EwF33zypj

The virtual doors will open at 18:00 Italian time on Wednesday 18th October. 


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