The Woman Who Painted The Last Supper

When Sister Plautilla Nelli entered a convent in 1548 at age 14, the friar encouraged her to paint devotional works of art. She was the first known Renaissance woman painter in Florence, Italy. Florence has the richest tradition in the world of paintings of The Last Supper. In the 1570s, Nelli added her masterwork, as the first woman to paint the subject. Giorgio Vasari called Nelli a virtuosa.

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About Richard Diedrichs

Richard Diedrichs grew up in Los Angeles. He edited travel and health magazines in Seattle, worked as an editor at the schools of Engineering and Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley, and then taught Fourth and Fifth grades and Kindergarten in public elementary schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. He lives on Hawaii Island.

Richard remembers writing a story in sixth grade about a ghost in his bedroom closet. He majored in English literature and journalism in college. He studied fiction writing with novelist Wallace Graves and currently works with fiction writer and esteemed instructor Joe Evanisko. He has published short stories, novellas, novels, non-fiction, and a book on Buddhism for children.

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The Woman Who... Series presents short essays about women who have contributed significantly to the hearts and minds of humanity.

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