Plautilla Nelli: A Woman Painter's Career in Sixteenth-Century Florence

Thursday, September 27, 2018
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Mariposa Hall, room 1000
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CSUS Art History Professor Emerita Catherine Turrill-Lupi will present an illustrated lecture on the subject of her ongoing research:
Plautilla Nelli: A Woman Painter's Career in Sixteenth-Century Florence

Date: Thursday, September 27 at 7 pm
Place: Sacramento State, Mariposa Hall, room 1000
Admission is free and open to the public. 
Refreshments will be provided after the lecture. 

Plautilla Nelli (1524-1588), one of very few female artists to achieve fame in 16th-century Italy, has been called the first woman painter of Florence. She was certainly the first renowned one, and the only one to leave a body of work that we can study today.  Over the last 25 years, Professor Turrill Lupi has gradually pieced together many of the details of Plautilla’s story. Her investigation has taken her into private and public archives, historic libraries, and museum storerooms. In collaboration with other scholars, she has been developing a catalog of Plautilla’s paintings, several of which were included in the artist’s first exhibition at the Uffizi Museum in Florence in 2017.  In her lecture, “Plautilla Nelli: A Woman Painter’s Career in Sixteenth-Century Florence,” Professor Turrill Lupi will discuss both the opportunities and challenges Plautilla Nelli is likely to have encountered as an artist, given when and where she worked.    

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