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Foundation uses crowdfunding to raise $65,000 to restore work by female Old Master

The Last Supper scene by the 16th-century nun Plautilla Nelli is due to go on show in 2018

by Hannah McGivern  |  1 March 2017
Foundation uses crowdfunding to raise $65,000 to restore work by female Old Master
Plautilla Nelli’s Last Supper is undergoing restoration in Florence (Photo: Francesco Cacchiani; courtesy of the Advancing Women Artists Foundation)
The Advancing Women Artists Foundation has turned to crowdfunding to raise $65,000 by 16 April to preserve a rare depiction of the Last Supper by Plautilla Nelli, Florence’s earliest-known female artist, who is the subject of an exhibition opening this month at the Uffizi. The 7m-long canvas by the 16th-century nun, which for centuries decorated the refectory of the monastery of Santa Maria Novella, is the only known painting of the biblical theme by a woman. The restored work is due to go on public display for the first time in early 2018 at the Museo di Santa Maria Novella.

• For more on the campaign, visit www.advancingwomenartists.org

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