About the Author
Author, lecturer, art collector and philanthropist, Dr. Jane Fortune is author of To Florence, Con Amore, 90 Ways to Live the City; Invisible Women, Forgotten Artists of Florence and Art by Women in Florence: A Guide Through 500 Years. Her book Invisible Women, Forgotten Artists of Florence was the basis of a PBS (Public Broadcasting System) documentary of the same title, and the documentary won a coveted Emmy in 2013.
She is the Cultural Editor of The Florentine, the English Speaking News magazine in Florence, and is known in Florence as ‘Indiana Jane’ because of her efforts to identify, rescue and restore art treasures by women, in Florence’s storages and museums. She serves on several Museum Boards of Trustees in the United States.
Her next book, When the World Answered: Women
Artists for Florence After the 1966 Flood, with Linda Falcone, will be published October 2014. It is about thirty-one, of one hundred and seven, works by women artists that were donated to the city of Florence to replace works of art destroyed in the 1966 Flood. The city of Florence promised the artists that their works would be housed in a yet-to-be built Contemporary Museum of Art – that promise was made 48 years ago, while the works have been languishing, never seen, in storage. On June 24, 2014, the ‘Museum of the 1900s’ was finally inaugurated in Florence – this book is their story.