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#72 Restoring Women Artists of Venice: A Conversation with Tracy Cooper

Saturday, November 18th Live on Zoom

10am Los Angeles and Phoenix, 1pm NY & Toronto, 6pm London, 7pm Florence

How many Venetian women artists can you name? This was a starting point in 2021 when Save Venice was simultaneously involved in conservation projects that ranged from the intimate pastels of Rosalba Carriera and Marianne Carlevariis to the monumental canvases of Giulia Lama under the supervision of Venice Director Melissa Conn. An early search turned up around 35 names, many unfamiliar even to Venetian specialists, and for which little information was known. The WAV - Women Artists of Venice– Research program was born from the recognition that for many women artists and artisans, a name may be the only trace that remains, and on the other hand, many works are not identified now but were known in the historical record. Working in tandem with the WAV – Conservation program, Cooper is directing a parallel effort to gather what we can find and to preserve these results through several means of publication. This talk will describe their current initiatives and present some of the interesting cases of elusive WAV figures who have emerged from obscurity and the problematics they represent.

Tracy E. Cooper is Professor of Art History at Temple University and on the Board of Directors of Save Venice, Inc., where she is director of the Women Artists in Venice (WAV) research program. She is best known for Palladio’s Venice: Architecture and Society in a Renaissance Republic (Yale, 2006), winner of the Phyllis Goodhart Gordan Prize from the Renaissance Society of America.


Minimum suggested donation: $20

This talk is free for Friends of Paola's Studiolo!

Look forward to seeing you on Zoom!

Warmest regards,


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