This Renaissance painting by Lavinia Fontana is of Bianca Maselli and six of her 17 children.

You won’t need to know a lot about art, Italy or women to enjoy this ASA talk.  Chuck Tampio is about to delight us again with his newest intriguing presentation, “Overlooked and Forgotten: Italian Women Artists of the Renaissance.”

His timely treatment of women Renaissance artists comes to the ASA Thursday (Dec. 7) from 2:30 to 4:30 p,m.  Tampio asks: Who were the great Renaissance artists, the ones worth admiring for these hundreds of years?  Can you name more than one women? Nearly all the great Renaissance painters seem to have been men. But there were women—many of them. Tampio’s theses is that through the Renaissance and early Baroque, art historians and critics shunned and omitted women artists, however numerous, talented, or productive they were.

Tampio’s last ASA talk was about women as subjects of Renaissance art, a natural segue to research on Italian woman who were themselves artists. He discusses explanations about why the Italian women artists were unheralded for so long. What was distinctive about them? Why were they overlooked?  Who were their patrons?  Who were their teachers?  How much recognition did they get at the time?  How has their neglect affected views of Italian art, the Renaissance, and women of the period?

Chuck Tampio at a cafe in Tuscany

His preparation for this subject is substantial. His junior year abroad was at The University of Florence. He was a visiting professor at the University of Parma. Parma was founded in the 10th century and was a Mecca of European art. This year he returned to Florence, soaking up Italian art and culture. He also led an American group to Tuscany. He is a docent at the two leading art museums in Tucson, and back in student days at Syracuse University he took multiple art history courses from a renowned Italian art scholar, Abraham Veinus,

Written by Brack Brown, Academy Village Volunteer


Women, the Overlooked Artists of the Renaissance:Dec.2017