Saints and patrons unite for final push in re-birth of Plautilla Nelli's Last Supper

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Saints and patrons unite for final push in re-birth of Plautilla Nelli's Last Supper

Published August 1, 2018

Florentine Renaissance painter Plautilla Nelli created the only early Last Supper by a woman artist and signed her massive 21 foot long masterwork with a call to action: 'Pray for the 'paintress'. Advancing Women Artists (AWA), a US-based non-profit which has been restoring art by women in Florence for over a decade, has taken Nelli's petition literally: Pray for the paintress so that the hidden half of the Renaissance may be fully revealed and encourage art lovers the world over to safeguard Nelli's creative artistic legacy through restoration.

AWA's 'Adopt an Apostle' program is Phase II of 'TheFirstLast', a four-year restoration, in collaboration with the Municipality of Florence, that was launched in 2015. The 'adoption' of the painting’s figures by individuals throughout the world will catapult the project toward completion, making Nelli's Last Supper ready for exhibition in Florence’s Museum of Santa Maria Novella in October 2019. 

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