Under the Tuscan Sun: the exhibition from Italian quiltmaker Annamaria Brenti now showing at the International Quilt Museum

The precise, painterly quilts of Italian artist Annamaria Brenti are on display at the International Quilt Museum (IQM).

“Beneath the Tuscan Sun: The Works of Annamaria Brenti” — the IQM’s newest exhibition now showing in the Pumphrey Family Gallery — features pictorial quilts from Brenti that showcase the artist’s cultural background and her love of mathematical theory.

Exibition View: Under the Tuscan Sun. Annamaria Brenti

Born in Sardinia and raised in Florence, Italy, Brenti graduated with a degree in mathematics from the University of Florence prior to relocating to the United States. It was there, in the 1980s, Brenti discovered a passion for American quilt styles.

Brenti discussed her work in a recent IQM Textile Talk — a weekly online lecture series that features presentations, discussions, and interviews from the world of quilting. A recording of the presentation is available here.

Exibition View: Under the Tuscan Sun. Annamaria Brenti

The exhibition will run through Feb. 17. For more information, visit

Located on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s East Campus, the IQM is located at 1523 North 33rd Street in Lincoln, Nebraska, and is open Monday – Saturday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. The IQM is home to the largest publicly held quilt collection in the world with more than 8,800 quilts and quilt-related objects from over 65 countries. The museum’s mission is to build a global collection and audience that celebrate the cultural and artistic significance of quilts.

Read the interview on AM