Santa Felicita Church, Mrs Macabee and Mother Mary

Santa Felicita Church, Mrs Macabee and Mother Mary

Santa Felicita and Mrs Macabee – two tragic mothers – and much confusion! Whilst in Florence, I recommend a visit to the Santa Felicata Church. Often missed on the tourist agenda, partly because it is obscured by stalls and restaurants, this church is...
Arnolfini family – an unlucky love-affair in Lucca

Arnolfini family – an unlucky love-affair in Lucca

Arnolfini family – an unlucky love affair in Lucca Following on from my Blog about Lucchese merchant Niccolo Arnolfini and his wife, Costanza Trenta who died in childbirth – I was saddened to learn this week that future generations of the Arnolfini family...
Emilio Santarelli, who sculpted Michelangelo and grew a garden full of camelias

Emilio Santarelli, who sculpted Michelangelo and grew a garden full of camelias

Emilio Santarelli,(1801–1886) was the Florentine artist who sculpted the vigorous and sympathetic sculpture of Michelangelo Buonarotti for one of the most prominent niches in the Uffizi.  He was an important Florentine artist, reputedly ‘discovered’ and...
Plautilla Nelli – the Nun who started a Women’s Art Movement in Florence in the 1500’s – now stronger than ever.

Plautilla Nelli – the Nun who started a Women’s Art Movement in Florence in the 1500’s – now stronger than ever.

Suor Plautilla Nelli (1524–1588) is the first-known female Renaissance painter of Florence, Italy. It is not possible to confirm that the portrait, shown below, is the painter who chose to become a Nun and entered the Convent of St. Catherine of Siena in Florence,...