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#71 On Being a Modern-Day Renaissance Woman: A Conversation with Donna Vittoria Colonna di Stigliano

Updated: Nov 14, 2023

Saturday, November 11th Live on Zoom

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

The second event of this weekend celebrates Vittoria Colonna, the vibrant multi-disciplinary artist based in Florence. Named after her renaissance ancestor, poetess, and muse to Michelangelo Buonarroti, dame Vittoria Colonna carries a strong lineage in the world of art.

Growing up between Ireland and Italy, Vittoria studied painting in Rome's L'Accademia di Belle Arti, trained as a singer in Tuscany, and then continued in the performing arts at Dublin’s Gaiety School of Acting. Vittoria has written and directed numerous award-winning music videos, short features and documentaries winning international acclaim. Her performance art pieces from the feature documentary IDENTITIES were selected as part of Vittorio Sgarbi’s initiative at the Worldwide Italian Pavilion at the 54th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale in 2011. Vittoria works with film, paint, textile and performance, and has exhibited in USA, Japan, Ireland and Italy.

We will talk about what is means to lead a creative existence today, the sources of her inspiration, and what it means to be a part of a centuries old Colonna family that has marked not only the history of Rome, but Italy itself. Vittoria will take us behind the scenes of her solo show SHAMANKA, which premieres in Florence this Fall.


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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