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Sofonisba Anguissola

1527-1625 Italy/Renaissance


Brief Biography-Sofonisba Anguissola came from Cremona Italy. Her five sisters were also artists, Sofonisba being the most successful. She met Michelangelowhen she visited Rome, who introduced her to the Spanish Nobility. In Madrid, she became a lady-in-waiting to the Queen and later was appointed court painter to the King. Her paintings mainly consisted of portraits. She retired with her second husband to Palermo, Sicily, where Van Dyck visited her; he greatly admired her work. She died in Palermo in 1625. Anguissola was the first female artist to gain international fame, followed by Artemisia Gentileschi 1593-c. 1656.



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Alessandro Farnese

Alessandro Farnese

A Young Woman

A Young Woman


Diane d'Andouins and her daughter


Bianca Ponzoni Anguissola


Juana of Austria with a Young Girl

Self Portrait

Self Portrait

The Artist's Family

The Artist's Family

I Clara

Isabella Clara Eugenia


Infantin Isabella Clara Eugenia

Bernardino Campi

Bernardino Campi Painting sofonissba Anguissola

The Chess Game

The Chess Game

M Stampa


Old Woman

Old Woman Studing the Alphabet with Laughing Girl

Children with Dog

Three Children with dog

Infanta Catalina

Infanta Catalina Micaela


Margarita of Savoy with Dwarf

A Couple

Portrait of a Couple


Minerva Anguissola

Queen Elisabeth

Queen Elisabeth of Spain



Philip II

The Prado Philip Two

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circle of portrait of a boy holding a tennis racket and ball