Sofonisba Anguissola

Sofonisba Anguissola

Cecilia Gamberbini

Lund Humphries

Part of the Illuminating Women Artists series, this biography sheds new light on the Renaissance painter, one of the first women European artists to establish an international reputation during her lifetime. Her training in Cremona, where she apprenticed with local painters, set a precedent for women to be accepted as art students, and as a young woman she travelled to Rome, where she was introduced to Michelangelo, who immediately recognised her talent. She went on to serve at the court of Philip II in Madrid, where she became painting instructor to Queen Elizabeth of Valois and later an official court painter. Her most distinctive paintings are her portraits of herself and her family, completed before she went to Madrid. Later in her life she also painted religious subjects, although many of these have been lost. She died in Palermo in 1625 at age of 93.

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