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Allegory of Painting (self-portrait?)
Elisabetta Sirani’s Fortune in Bologna and Florence
The Virgin (B. XIX, 151, 1)
Virgin and Child with the Young St. John (B. XIX, 154, 6)
Galatea
Portrait of Count Annibale Ranuzzi
Cupid Triumphant (Medici Cupid)
The Beheading of St John the Baptist
Elisabetta Sirani (Bologna, 1638-1665) and Anonymous 18th century (?)  Portrait of a Young Man
Allegory of Charity, Justice and Prudence
Emilian Engraver (Lorenzo Tinti?) by Elisabetta Sirani (Bologna, 1638-1665) Portrait of Luigi Magni
“Readiness” and “ease” of hand
Holy Family with Sts Anne and Joachim
Holy Family with Sts Anne and Joachim (Holy Family of the Cherries)
Elisabetta Sirani (Bologna, 1638-1665), attributed Holy Family
St Agnes
St Jerome
Madonna with Child
Holy Family
Virgin and Child with young St John
Elisabetta Sirani (Bologna, 1638-1665), attributed Death disarms Virtue
Elisabetta Sirani (Bologna, 1638-1665), attributed Death rips the Crown and Cloak from Poetry
Rest on the Flight into Egypt (B. XIX, 153, 4)
Rest on the Flight into Egypt (B. XIX, 154, 5)
Holy Family with St Elizabeth and the Young St John the Baptist (B. XIX, 156, 8-II)
The Beheading of St John the Baptist (B. XIX, 157, 9)
Mater dolorosa with Symbols of the Passion
Mater dolorosa with Symbols of the Passion (B. XIX, 155, 7)
St Eustace (B. XIX, 157, 10-II)
Sirani family workshop
Giovanni Andrea Sirani (Bologna, 1610-1670) Virgin and Child with the Young St John the Baptist and a lamb
Holy Family with the Young St John the Baptist (B. XIX, 152, 3)
Elisabetta Sirani (Bologna, 1638-1665) (?) Holy Family with the Young St John the Baptist
Elisabetta Sirani (Bologna, 1638-1665) or Giovanni Andrea Sirani (Bologna, 1610-1670) Virgin and Child with the Young St John the Baptist
Elisabetta’s Allegories and Heroines
Portia Wounding Her Thigh
Portrait of Anna Maria Ranuzzi as Charity
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Painting and Drawing "like a Great Master": the Talent of Elisabetta Sirani (Bologna, 1638-1655)

This hypervision is dedicated to the memory of Davide Astori

This virtual tour about Elisabetta Sirani, young and talented artist died at only 27, is dedicated to Davide Astori, Fiorentina Football Club Captain suddenly dead, so young, on 4th March 2018. The news has dismayed his family, all the city of Florence and the world of sport as a whole.

Elisabetta Sirani lived her whole life in Bologna. Her artistic education came from her father, Giovanni Andrea (Bologna 1610-1670), one of Guido Reni’s favourite collaborators, and who, on the death of the master (in 1642), opened his own successful studio. Giovanni Andrea was President of an Academy of life drawing, a great expert and connoisseur of drawings, and also part of an elite group of aristocrats and scholars  who  played  a  crucial  role  in  promoting  Elisabetta’s  work outside the confines of Bologna.

Elisabetta Sirani’s career spanned a mere decade. She was born on 8 January 1638, and began to make a name for herself in 1655, when she first recorded her painting commissions in a notebook entitled Nota delle Pitture fatte da me Elisabetta Sirani (Note of Paintings by me, Elisabetta Sirani), published after her death by her biographer, Carlo Cesare Malvasia. In 1662, Elisabetta took over the running of the family workshop from her father, now incapacitated by gout. Elisabetta died suddenly at home in Via Urbana, a few years later, on 28 August 1665. Rumour spread that she had been poisoned, but her death was probably due to peritonitis caused by a ruptured ulcer.

CREDITS

This virtual visit has been created  for the exhibition Painting and Drawing "like a Great Master": the Talent of Elisabetta Sirani (Bologna, 1638-1655), in the Sala Detti and Sala del Camino rooms in the Uffizi Galleries (6 March - 10 June 2018)

Technical and scientific director of the exhibition

Marzia Faietti

Exhibition devised and curated by

Roberta Aliventi

Laura Da Rin Bettina

Scientific coordination by  Marzia Faietti

Explanatory texts by

(Introduction to the Exhibition and Sections, detailed information on the works)

Roberta Aliventi

Laura Da Rin Bettina

Photographs by

Cesena, Cassa di Risparmio di Cesena, Crédit Agricole Italia, foto Carlo Vannini, Reggio Emilia

Bologna, Collezioni d'Arte e di Storia della Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio in Bologna

Bologna, Polo Museale Emilia Romagna - Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna

Firenze, Gabinetto Fotografico delle Gallerie degli Uffizi, Roberto Palermo

Modena, Archivio fotografico del Museo Civico d'Arte, foto Paolo Pugnaghi

Mosca, The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts

Pesaro, Comune di Pesaro, Musei Civici – Palazzo Mosca

Venezia, Fondazione Giorgio Cini

Vignola, Comune di Vignola

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