IRENE ANDESSNER - donne illustre Caffè Florian, Venezia, Piazza San Marco 14 June to 31 July 2003
Ten prominent Venetian women occupy the "Salon of famous men" Caffè Florian on St Mark´s Square in Venice: in the Salon of famous men (Sala degli Uomini Illustri) hang ten oil paintings by Giulio Carlini. Irene Andessner confronts these posthumously painted portraits of famous Venetians with ten Venetian women into whom she has, one by one, transformed herself. Her photo portraits, staged with reference to historical pictures, are hanging illuminated in front of the Carlini paintings for only six weeks. more culture >>>

Fotos: Irene Andessner / Dieter Brasch / Peter Kubelka, courtesy Caffè Florian

Agnesina Morosini, abbess of San Zaccaria
Catarina Cornaro, daughter of the republic
Cecilia Venier-Baffo, Venetian Sultana
Veronica Franco, most expensive courtesan in the country
Marietta Robusti, Tintoretto picture painter
Barbara Strozzi, Venice’s most famous woman composer
Elena Lucrezia Cornaro-Piscopia, first woman doctor in the world
Rosalba Carriera, star woman artist of the rococo
Elisabetta Querini-Valier, crowned Dogaressa
Moderata Fonte, most intelligent feminist

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