Rea Stavropoulos

Rea Stavropoulos is an artist, writer and advocate for AWA. Find out more at and email her at

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The Steinbeck Snail and The Greatness of the Universe

How does a tiny London snail clinging to the underside of an olive branch connect with a major exhibition at the Uffizi Gallery? This image is just one of the ...


A ride with Zia Caterina

It was midnight when the airport bus dropped me off at Santa Maria Novella station where the taxis should have been. There was a sad little line of people waiting ...


What can be done: Helen Cammock

Women’s voices merge and emerge, meeting across the centuries in Helen Cammock’s lyrical tribute to the resilience of Italian women past and present in a split-screen video work shown at ...


A drama for our times: The Ballet of the Nations

The Ballet of the Nations, Vernon Lee’s pacifist dance drama written in London in 1915 during World War I when she was unable to return to her home, Villa Il ...


What does it mean to “adopt an Apostle”?

What would it mean to “adopt an Apostle”, to participate in the restoration of a damaged and forgotten masterpiece so that it will be possible for our contemporaries and also future generations to be captivated and moved by it as I was a few weeks ago on my visit to the restorer’s studio?


An Ambassadress for Florence and “Una Grande Fiorentina”

Many of us “expats” have fallen in love with Florence and made the city our home, but few, if any, will have had the insight, drive and determination of Jane ...


By choice and coincidences

Forty years ago this month, I set out from London as a teenager on my ‘grand tour’ that was to take me from art history studies at the British Institute in Florence to an archaeological dig in Herculaneum, via Magic Bus to Marrakesh and the Orient Express to


Looking over Leonardo’s shoulder

In London last spring, over 120,000 visitors crowded into a temporary exhibition at the British Museum to look at small works on paper from the Italian Quattrocento. The exhibit, Drawings from Fra' Angelico to Leonardo, was described as a ‘once in a lifetime' exhibition by the media and


Women artists ‘of wit and great ingenuity’

Who am I?' ‘What am I doing here?' ‘How do I wish to be remembered?' These are among the questions that an artist may ask herself as she tries to decide how she will represent herself to the world, what to reveal and what to mask. The upcoming


Visibility for women artists

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Painting the spring in a Florentine garden

On a slope a few hundred metres outside the medieval city gate of San Niccolò, I sit secluded among olive and cypress trees, contemplating the panorama of Florence spread out before me, in the company of the Queen of Denmark, William Shakespeare and the Princess of Monaco-just some


From Babylon to Boboli

Florence is a city that guards its secrets well.  Among these are the many gardens hidden behind impenetrable doors and iron gates. The visitor walking through the city’s stone streets may catch a glimpse of a flower-filled courtyard through a slit in a heavy Renaissance door


Far horizons and shifting perspectives

It is just a 20-minute bus ride from the centre of Florence to the Pecci Museum of Contemporary Art in Prato, but a visit to  the current retrospective of work by British artist David Tremlett will take you on a far longer journey.  Paul Klee talked of &


Inside Marini, ouside of time

It would be easy to miss the Marini museum, sandwiched as it is between two of Florence’s busiest and most elegant streets, Via della Vigna and Via della Spada (where shops such as Gucci, Roberto Cavalli, Dolce and Gabbana, Ferré are found). There is nothing to proclaim