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Work and Play
Life During the Renaissance
Molly holds an MA in Italian literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she completed her PhD coursework and exams with a specialization in Renaissance and Early Modern periods. She spent a year in Venice as an undergraduate while at the University of California-Santa Cruz and afterwards worked in Siena for two years for the University of California Education Abroad Program. She later went to graduate school and, after finishing her studies in Madison, found herself back in Venice once again for another year, this time conducting archival research for her doctoral dissertation. She has remained in Italy ever since, has taught courses in Renaissance history in Florence, and is a licensed tour guide of Florence and its province.
Born in the UK, Helen moved to the USA to attend college. First the Rhode Island School of Design for her BFA in Painting and then Indiana University for graduate school. Helen remained in the USA for another twenty years teaching drawing and painting at college level, initially at Kansas City Art Institute and the last seven years teaching drawing at Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia. During this time Helen exhibited her paintings in galleries across America including New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C and Chicago. Helen continues to paint and exhibit and is currently represented by Gallerie Sparta, Beverly Hills. In Florence Helen is part of a cultural group "I Buontalenti" and her paintings can be seen as part of an annual cultural celebration of the patron Saint of Florence, Saint John the Baptist and at other venues. Helen has had a long term relationship with Florence and Italy; her first visit was as a study abroad student in Rome in 1987. Return visits ensued for teaching, fun and study, including a summer at The American Academy in Rome as a visiting artist/scholar and intensive summer workshops at The Florence Academy of Art. Helen is a licensed guide of Florence and the province of Florence and has made the city of Florence her home.
Sally holds an MA in art history from Syracuse University with a focus on Italian Renaissance art. She originally moved to Florence in 2014 to finish her master's research and continues to live and work there, sharing her passion for her adoptive city’s fascinating history with visitors and lecturing about Italian art and culture for university field studies programs. She is especially interested in Florentine mannerist sculpture and Medici patronage, and has researched the effects of Renaissance literature and philosophy on the visual culture of the period.
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