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BRIDGES. A book art exhibition

Contemporary Women

and their Historic Counterparts

May 5 – June 5, 2022

Colonica di Villa Il Palmerino

From emergent Florentine painter Guenda Nocentini, to Venice Biennale veteran Silvia Fossati, painters, sculptors and poets from Florence and abroad create book art installations in response to women artists of the past. Whimsical French painter Virginie Houdet responds to Violante Siries Cerroti's (1709-1783) eye for fashion and finery. Sculptor Mimma Di Stefano stands in conversation her Etruscan-inspired maestro Amalia Ciardi Duprè (b. 1934).


For British-Greek artist Rea Stavropoulos, the 'Female Gaze meets the Oltrarno Gaze' with a book-art installation inspired by four women from the 16th to the 20th centuries with a relationship with Florence and the Uffizi. The starting point for US book artist Lyall Harris and Brazil-born, Florence-based Patricia Silva will be the multi-decade correspondence of twentieth-century painters Fillide Levasti (1883-1966) and Leonetta Cecchi (1882-1977) at Florence's Gabinetto Vieusseux and the Marucellana Library. Cecchi, a writer as well as an artist, will also inspire the installation of Florentine artist-architect Elena Barthel.

Project organisers   The British Institute of Florence and Il Palmerino Cultural Association APS


The exhibition forms part of the Oltrarno Gaze 2022 project, made possible thanks to a grant by the Advancing Women Artists Legacy Fund, with special thanks to Alice Vogler, Donna Malin, Connie Clark, Pam Fortune, Nancy Hunt, Nancy Galliher and AWA Legacy Fund Director Margaret MacKinnon

Media and communication

Calliope Arts / Restoration Conversations

The Florentine 


With the patronage of 

Consulate of the United States of America in Florence


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