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A daring endeavor, an extraordinary woman artist. Irene Parenti Duclos, a native Florentine painter and poet, climbed up the scaffolding at the Church of SS. Annunziata and stared Andrea del Sarto s beloved Madonna del Sacco straight in the face. Her own enormous copy of the fresco, now hosted in the Accademia Gallery, has become a sign of her times. A copyist for Grand Tour travelers who flocked to Florence in the eighteenth century, Duclos benefitted from the liberal policies of a city that has always proved a powerhouse of female creativity. The painstaking restoration of her most famous work safeguards a fragment of the city s heritage, shedding light on Duclos s masterful technique and her uniquely Florentine genius.
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Art historian Sheila Barker is director of a research program focused on women artists in the age of the Medici which is part of the Medici Archive Project. Florentine restorer Rossella Lari collaborates with various museums and research centers, restoring and monitoring paintings in exhibitions and permanent collections, especially at the Galleria dell Accademia. Jane Fortune, a philanthropist and writer with an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, is founder of the Advancing Women Artists Foundation. Specializing in art of the nineteenth century, art historian Annarita Caputo has an interest in the creation of giposoteques and the reproduction of art for antiques collectors. Susanna Bracci and Donata Magrini are researchers at the National Research Council s Institute for Conservation and Promotion of Cultural Heritage. Edited by Linda Falcone. Translations by Giulia Lemma
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Book Description B'gruppo, 2011. Condition: new. A cura di L. Falcone. Traduzione di Lemma G. Testo Italiano e Inglese. Prato, 2011; br., pp. 92, ill. col., cm 17x24. (The Florentine Press). Irene Parenti Duclos (c. 1754-1795) was active as a painter in Florence from 1773 to 1793. The restoration of one of her masterpieces has provided an opportunity to take a closer look at the artist, her time, and her art. The Advancing Women Artists Foundation (AWA) has sponsored the restoration of the large painting by Duclos that is a copy of Andrea del Sarto's Madonna del Sacco in the Church of Santissima Annunziata in Florence. The large canvas by Duclos is just 8 centimeters smaller than the fresco by Andrea del Sarto, and, as Rosella Lari demonstrates, was executed by the artist actually climbing up scaffolding (a rare feat for an 18th-century woman), tracing the original onto transluscent paper, and painting while still perched high up in the cloister of the church. In this way, the copy is very faithful. This book provides an art-historical context for Duclos's painting and presents the results of the restoration. Annarita Caputo contextualizes Duclos's practise within contemporary methods and tastes that prioritized copying; Sheila Barker explores the artist's patronage and the historical circumstances of her masterpiece; Jane Fortune looks at other female artists in Florence and the challenges they faced, both in the past and now, for visibility. Seller Inventory # 2384423