Florence Nightingale Levy

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Florence Nightingale Levy (August 13, 1870, New York City – 1947, New York City) was an American arts administrator.


Florence Nightingale Levy was daughter to Joseph Arthur Levy and Pauline (Goodheim) Levy. She received a private school education during her childhood and adolescence, and she eventually enrolled in New York's National Academy of Design to study painting. However, she found herself drawn toward art history, prompting her to later change disciplines. Between 1894 and 18956 Levy studied Italian masters at École du Louvre under Gaston Lafenestre, who was then curator of paintings at the museum.[1] In 1894, she founded American Art Annual magazine, serving as its editor until 1918. In 1901, she catalogued the art exhibition of the Pan-American Exposition. In 1909, she was one of the founders of the American Federation of Arts, and one of two female members in the male dominated organization.[2] From 1909-17, she was a staff curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. From 1922-25, she was part-time director of the Baltimore Museum of Art. Levy also was general manager of the Art Alliance of America (1917–19), executive secretary of the Arts Council of New York City (1927–32), and executive secretary of the American Fine Arts Society (1941). Her notes are used as a source for the Benezit Dictionary of Artists, often being quoted as Florence N. Levy.


  1. ^ James, Edward T.; James, Janet Wilson; Boyer, Paul S. Notable American Women 1607 - 1950. Cambridge: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. pp. 395–7. 
  2. ^ Blair, Karen (1994). The Torchbearers : Women And Their Amateur Arts Associations In America, 1890-1930. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. p. 80. ISBN 9780253311924. 

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