RESTORATION: A day in the life of Artemisia... today

A lecture by Elizabeth Wicks


Head Conservator for the Artemisia UpClose project Elizabeth Wicks  reveals the ins and outs of restoring Artemisia Gentileschi’s Allegory of Inclination at Casa Buonarroti in full view of the public. Following its descent from the museum ceiling, diagnostics enabled an understanding of the state of the painting: What was Artemisia’s original technique and composition? What covered the original paint? From restoration science to painstaking skill, learn what it's like to 'live' with Artemisia, whilst restoring her image to the world.


With an introduction by Artemisia UpClose project coordinator Linda Falcone.  


Elizabeth Wicks operates an art conservation studio in Florence, Italy, and consults regularly in the U.S.A. With over thirty years in the field, Wicks directs conservation projects for museums, churches, private and public collections, and teaches conservation in the masters program of the University of Viterbo. 


Artemisia UpClose, a project conceived and funded  by  Calliope Arts and Christian Levett, is currently in the restoration phase, which will be followed by an exhibition at Casa Buonarroti from late September 2023, as the conversation continues...


This lecture is sponsored by Calliope Arts, as part of its mission to expand public knowledge of art, literature and social history from a female perspective.


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

The registration fee is 10 Euro per person. All participants are invited to wear a mask throughout the event. 


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The virtual doors will open at 18:00 Italian time on Wednesday 7th June. 


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