“That the history of art is full of female figures is nothing new. There is, however, the bad habit of tending to indicate them as a source of artistic inspiration. The source of inspiration for whom? muses and ‘they’ the creators “. This is how Serena Dandini begins each episode of “Paladine”. Where, on the other hand, she tells herself another story, made up of “professional achievements, courage, passion and tenacity”. “After The catalog of valiant women (ed. Mondadori, ed.) I now have a sort of imprimatur on certain themes – she smiles – I had to interrupt the catalog or it became a Bible, but a light has come on on many women who have made history in different fields, remaining invisible. It is nice that other authors also continue the path “. Her new adventure is called “Paladine” and is a series of eight podcasts – created by Chora Media for the Museums Directorate of the Ministry of Culture – about as many women who have lived and fought for art and culture. “Stories of women that almost nobody knows – continues the presenter – and who in a world often marked by machismo and patriarchy, perhaps in the shadows, tooth and nail, defended the cultural heritage in Italy. Incredible stories of when women could not study, let alone fill some roles “.
Written by Michela Guberti and Francesca Borghetti and with the voice of Dandini, the portrait gallery opens with Noemi Gabrielli, art historian, museologist and superintendent, who “invented” the new Galleria Sabauda, ​​and continues with Fernanda Wittgens, first director of the Pinacoteca di Brera, without which, probably, today we would no longer be able to admire the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci. And then Caterina Marcenaro, first lecturer at the University of Genoa to whom we owe the creation of the system of civic museums, now Unesco heritage; Palma Bucarelli, free and independent, the first woman to head a national museum in Italy; the shy Sandra Pinto, historical director of Palazzo Pitti, who is responsible for the revaluation of 19th century painting; Margherita Grassini Sarfatti, the first woman in Europe to deal with art criticism, as well as a lover of Mussolini; Paola Della Pergola, removed from public offices because she was Jewish and founder of “museum education”; Paola Zancani Montuoro, first woman admitted to the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, to whom we owe the discoveries of the mythical Sanctuary of Hera at the mouth of the Sele and the ancient Sibari (available for free on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Spreaker, Google Podcasts and on choramedia. com, the series is also on the Mic portals and on the sites of museums and archaeological sites). “It is not a late feminist question – continues Dandini -. When at school the boys can be recognized as Mazzini, Cavour or Ciro Menotti, who do they have? This ‘family tree’ of valiant women strengthens self-esteem and indicates a possible path, to girls as to boys. Behind a great man? Today gender equality is divided into ‘real’ and perceived ‘, like temperature. We hope to have overcome certain stereotypes. Of course, behind a great woman we also need a very good housekeeper, well paid and in good standing, “he laughs.
In the meantime, she is already working on the next edition of the Festival The inheritance of women (Florence, 21-23 October) and on the new book to be released at the end of October by Einaudi. It is called Cronache dal paradiso – she reveals -. a little memoir a little storytelling. I don’t miss TV? Honestly, luckily, no. I got a lot of satisfaction and I only do it when interesting opportunities are created, which I like.
I am a curious, restless girl. Doing it to do it doesn’t interest me. ”

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