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01 July 2019THE LIFE AND ART OF SOFONISBA ANGUISSOLA

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THE LIFE AND ART OF SOFONISBA ANGUISSOLA Angela Smith Monday 01 July 2019

Diane d'Andouins and her daughter c 1565 by Sofonisba Anguissola

 

Sofonisba Anguissola was a talented and successful Italian Renaissance painter. Her lengthy career included fifteen years painting portraits at the court of King Philip II of Spain. Anguissola was celebrated in her lifetime: her work was admired and discussed by Vasari and when she was in her 90s, Anthony Van Dyck sought her advice on art. This lecture presents Anguissola’s life and career in its historical context and explains how her oeuvre is growing as she is now recognised as the author of paintings hitherto attributed to male artists.