Women Artists in Florence: Spotlight on Adriana Pincherle

Adriana Pincherle, Portrait of Elsa Morante, 1968

If you’ve been to Florence before and wondered where all of the artwork made by WOMEN over the last few centuries is at, you’re not the first one. We are hard pressed to name any well-known female artist from the Renaissance beyond Artemisia Gentileschi (this is one of her most well-known works housed at the Uffizi) because, women were painting, but most of their work remained within the confines of their household. The work of the Advancing Women Artists Foundation (AWAF) has helped find them and little by little given them the attention they deserve. I invite you to go to their website to learn more, as their work is very interesting but today’s post is dedicated to two women, Adriana Pincherle and Eloisa Pacini, who are at the center of a temporary exhibit in Florence right now.

This year, the AWAF has sponsored the restoration of work by Adriana Pincherle, a contemporary woman artist who made Florence her home for decades. The works come from the Gabinetto Vieusseux the artist herself gifted to the Contemporary Archive at the institute. For this reason, the works can mostly be admired only by the scholars that frequent such rooms. This is your chance then to get a glimpse of a woman more of our times, admiring the vibrant colors and expressions of the many influential literary greats from the last century.

Adriana Pincherle, Self-Portrait, 1993

On Via Cavour, at the Consiglio Regionale della Toscana’s impressive palazzo Panciatichi, you can admire the solo exhibition dedicated to Adriana, but at Villa il Parmerino, on the foothills of Fiesole, you can go and admire Adriana’s work right next to another contemporary Florentine woman artist, Eloisa Pacini.

The project, which seeks to rediscover and promoter women artists from the last century through research, restoration and exhibition of their works brings together a well-known artist (Adriana Pincherle) with one most people still don’t know well (Eloisa Pacini). Through comparison of their distinct styles, it will also be possible to view the diversity in their approach as well as decisions to life, to creativity, to their own professional careers.

Adriana Pincherle. Colors of an Artist
May 12-29 at Palazzo Panciatichi-Covoni, Via Cavour 4
Monday- Fridays 10am-12pm and 3-7pm, Saturdays 10am-12pm

Art and Memory. Adriana Pincherle and Eloisa Pacini
May 13-June 10
Monday-Saturday 3-7.30pm or upon appointment (+39 339-8944725)

Adriana Pincherle, Onions, 1990.


About Lourdes Flores

An American living in Florence for over 10 years, Lourdes continues to explore and discover new places in Tuscany with the eyes of a tourist but with the experience of living in Italy. She shares her experiences on this blog and website, particularly offering lots of travel planning help on the Forum!