Ginevra Cantofoli, who are you?

On a recent visit to Padova, I was arrested by some paintings in the Museo Civici, both done by Ginevra Cantofoli.  I vowed to write a post on this intriguing painter, and here it is.  It isn’t much…I hope someday to add more.

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All I can add right now is this info from Wiki:

Ginevra Cantofoli
Born 1618

Bologna, Italy
Died 1672 (aged 53–54)
Nationality Italian
Known for Painting
Movement Baroque

Ginevra Cantofoli (1618–1672) was an Italian painter. She was active in the Baroque period.

Scena Allegorica. Date unknown.

Cantofoli was born in Bologna, Italy in 1618.

Cantfoli received her training as an artist from Elisabetta Sirani in Bologna. She painted works for several churches. These works included a Last Supper for the Church of San Procolo, a St. Thomas of Villanova for San Giacomo Maggiore, and a St. Apollonia for the Church of La Morte.

Museo dell’ Opera del Duomo, Florence

When I first started visiting Florence in the late 1970s, the museum connected to the duomo was housed in a very old, smallish palazzo behind the duomo.  About 4 years ago, the museum reopened after extensive renovations and it is one of the best museum spaces I’ve ever seen.  It is state of the art and a must-see for anyone who values Renaissance art.

 

These are just a few samples.

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Brenta Canal, Part 3

Back onboard the Burchiello, my cruise continued toward Venice from Stra.  First we had to sail through the Dolo Locks.

Soon we were passing many amazing ville, visible on the left and right banks of the canal.  This area is around Mira, and has a high percentage of villas per square mile!  We also passed very beautiful sections of the canals, with willow trees skimming the water and many fisherman catching their Sunday lunch.

It was smooth sailing and I had one of the best seats on the boat.

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Next we passed through the Mira Locks.

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We stopped at Villa Widmann, said to be a typical 18th century residence (that is if you were a part of the aristocracy!).  It houses luscious frescoes and has lovely gardens.

 

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To be continued.

 

The restoration of some famous Florentine palazzi

There’s an interesting exhibition of vintage photography documenting the restoration of some famous Florentine palazzi on view currently at Library of Science/Technology Architecture.

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It’s a small show and in a rather dark room, so my photographs below are not great. However, they show some great pictures of before and after shots of some of the wonderful Florentine palazzi.  This library would be a great source for any scholar working in the fields connected to the city of Florence.

 

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